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1.why is redhat have just one boot image and root image  while slackware have so many ??dont they have also separate stuff like bare.i, bare.s, sbpcd.i  etc.. ??
if they do have how can i make out from their cd..

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please help , i badly need to try out redhat ..

1,. my present problem is : i wanna try out redhat although i have already slackware installed.. : my question is can i use the boot image of slackware and the root img of redhat and still install redhat from their distribution ..
can i use the redhat installation manager (RPM??) from slackware
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resonance :before giving you your  due share .
your answer is quite satisfactory  what exacly do you mean by trashing your system. ihave another small doubt .. in the kernel archives i find in the distribution directory different images for redhat , debian etc ( i mean vmlinuz , boot.img etc ) and they also maintain another directory for kernel where source code of all versions and patchs are maintained ..right??
i am unable to download vmlinuz with my netscape nav: , is the only way out is to download the source code of the latest version from kernels directory the only solution...?
will it corrupt the image ( vmlinux) if i save it to the flop as such , my point is can you copy the images across net with some rawrite equivalent?
By trashing the system, I mean that it can corrupt the filesystem in such a way as to make the entire thing unbootable and unusable.  I had to reformat my hard drive partitions and start fresh to recover from a bad Redhat 5.0 upgrade.  

Several people maintain boot/root pairs designed as either "rescue disks" for recovering from a minor error or as startup/install sets for installing a particular flavor of Linux. The latter get customized for each particular distribution.  You can also find "generic" sets for permanent floppy booting with a specific set of features.  Some of them will allow you to boot from floppy and then use the hard drive as root (i.e. only a boot floppy, not a root floppy is provided).

Don't download a vmlinuz directly unless you like pain.  That's not the only component involved in booting a system.  A decent install process will install a vmlinuz and a System.map and all the other things you need.  Debian Linux provides a drop-in solution to just plug in the latest kernel, or create your own drop-in packages from kernel source, but otherwise, yes, if you want a custom kernel (vmlinuz/vmlinux), you need to download the sources and recompile yourself.  Read the docs if you do this by hand, and backup your vmlinuz and System map if you do.

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thank you , how do i give the credit marks
You already did.  When you accept the answer and give it a grade, the credit is given.
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