>Perhaps he bought a set of floppies. I ftp'd the Slackware distribution,
>and it took 44 floppies for a "minimal" installation. Well, that does
>include X, the development (compiler) and networking stuff, but no extra
>pre-compiled kernels, no TeX, etc.
Well I wouldnt call all that a 'minimal' installation. You can live without
installing X you know.
When I first installed, I just installed the A and N sets (2x4 disks I think),
later on the D set (developement, 9 disks).
Quote:>Those (name-brand) floppies cost me
>about $30 US. CD's are much cheaper to mass-produce than floppies, as
>the raw media is so inexpensive. But with no CD drive, and no assurance
>that another machine will have one either, the floppies were the only
>way to go.
>BTW, in case you haven't read this enough, the new Slackware distribution
>includes version 1.2.8 of the kernel. And Linux, like any other OS, has
Don't forget to get patches to 1.2.9 and 1.2.10 (although they are minimal,
most linux patches seem to patch code indendation, typo's in readme's and
NOTE: my opinions are strictly my own and not those of my employer