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Enrique Zanardi asked about whether it would be useful to have PPP 
on the installation boot disk, for cases where the boot kernel (or 
any kernel) has no access to a floppy drive or CD.  PPP might be 
useful, but I don't know if it would be worth the space.  Almost 
anywhere that you can get a fast enough serial link to be useful, 
you can have a parallel connection instead.

A PLIP driver on the installation boot disk would be a godsend.

I have successfully installed Red Hat on laptops via PLIP twice,
once because the laptop had no CD drive, the other because it
had a PCMCIA floppy and (also) no CD drive.  Red Hat installation 
via PLIP is painful only because Red Hat installation software is
so buggy; the PLIP connection, once configured, is a positive joy.

(FWIW: RH5.1's bug is that it turns on "ifconfig plip0 arp", so you 
have to turn it on at the other end too, abnormally.)

plip.o on x86 is only 12Kbytes; ppp.o is 26K.  PLIP is much easier
to configure than PPP.  I guess you can tell how I would vote.

Nathan Myers

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