Originally Posted by Angelo M
I have a spare computer lying around with no OS on it. If I make this slax download and insert the disk into the spare computer it will boot up with this slax disk correct? Then I can either download the upgrade files to this computer or transfer the file from my main computer. Am I off base with this?
I always wanted to install Linux on this spare computer, is there a good site to create a linux os system to boot from via download? Sorry for asking, I have in the past tried this route without success. There a many versions with different names available.....
Now as far as the usb drive, could I substitute a USB card reader with an SD card with the download on it, or do I need to get a usb stick drive? ( I know, they are cheap.) ( I inserted the USB card reader to the US Digital Box and the Card reader indicator lights lit up an it was getting power).
Don't know anyone nearby running Linux.
Thanks,au revoir for your response
I have been playing around with Linux on and off for about 5 years. If all you want to do is upgrade your USDTV receiver, then the amount of time and effort required to get Linux up and running is definitely NOT worth it.
However, if you wanted to learn to run Linux anyway, this is as good an excuse as any to jump in and start eroding some of Microsoft's market share. Below is a link to download Nubuntu Linux. This version is said to be the most new-user-friendly.http://nubuntu.org/downloads.php
I don't have a high speed connection, so I had to buy my copy at Best Buy. I'm using Suse 10.1, which cost me around $60. I can find you a link to legitimately download the latest version of Suse for free if you are interested. I think you may have to do some research on how to make what you download and burn to a disc "bootable" but never having gone this route I don't know.
Newer versions of Linux are very good at recognizing your hardware, especially older hardware. So it's to your advantage that you will be installing on an older computer.
Just remember that in Linux nearly everything will work different than Windows. So knowing too much about Windows and expecting everything to work in exactly the same way is something to be avoided at all costs.
There are plenty of forums specific to whichever version you decide to go with that can answer your questions (you'll have plenty). I hope you have lots of patience, because you'll need that in spades. And also a spare Windows computer to get on the net to do research and find various downloads.
All that said, I'm surfing the net right now as I type in Suse Linux, so it is doable. Once you get on the internet, it gets much much easier. Good luck!
PS: Your card reader SHOULD work for the firmware flash, provided that it has only one card slot. If it's the universal type that accepts several different types of card, I don't think it will work. Flash drives are only around $15, and will pay for themselves quickly in not having to waste CD-R's to transfer files. I would just invest in one anyway, they are quite handy.