Linux Installation Kung Fu
I decided to try Arch Linux on my notebook. The reasons don't matter.
However, there was this problem about the CD drive being broken, and the lack of a floppy drive.
So, how did I do it?
I had a partition I could destroy (/dev/hda3)
I installed qemu.
Then, I started qemu using the whole HD and a CD ISO image (booting from the CD!):
qemu -hda /dev/hda -cdrom arch-0.7.1.iso -boot d
Then, very carefully I installed it on hda3 and did not install GRUB.
Copied the kernel and initrd images to /boot on the other linux installation.
Edited grub.conf, adding the Arch entry...
And it worked.
Keep in mind that if you make a mistake, this will completely destroy all your data. But if you are careful, and have enough space, you can install your next Linux while you use your current one.
Now, is that cool or what? :-)
Perhaps you could have just tried this?
I like my way better.
1) It works for any distro.
2) You install using the regular installer for the distro you want
3) It's slightly dangerous
4) It was my idea ;-)
Me likes :-)
While there are custom ways to install while running another system for some distributions (debootsrap comes to my mind for Debian/Ubuntu/...) this is probably the way with the highest geek value.
There are huge differences between 0.7.1 and 0.7.2 as far as I remember (udev, glibc etc.).
-- a happy ArchLinux user
There was no 0.7.2 ISO except via torrent, and those were giving me an error.
But anyway, pacman handled it.