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GNU/Linux frugal installation with copy-to-R.A.M. mode system operation

A frugal installation is performed by extracting the contents of the container file (either ISO or ZIP) to normally one, i.e. the same, directory.

Let that desired partition be known as the target partition since one is aiming to install to it. That partition may be located on:
Therefore, the target device is the device which contains the partition that one aims to install to, such as an external flash memory drive or an internal hard disk drive. The minimum, nominal storage capacity for a flash memory drive is 256MB.

Copy-to-R.A.M. mode system operation refers to how the computer operating system is able to create a temporary environment whereby it reads and writes to its complete file-system residing entirely within random access memory (R.A.M.).

Operating systems which have copy-to-R.A.M. mode:
WARNING: If the target partition contains any important files make a minimum of two copies of important files, where each copy is located on a separate partition on a separate device, because they will be destroyed whenever the target partition is formatted.

IMPORTANT: determine the correct device name (sdX) of the target device to work on, via the command-line interface:

The following procedure assumes that one is running Puppy Linux. However, the same procedure can be followed within any Linux distribution. If one wishes to use Microsoft Windows go to Appendix below.






Installation to any external device, from within Microsoft Windows

Installation to any Microsoft Windows partition and using GRUBforDOS as boot-loader

When making an installation to an internal H.D.D. with an existing operating system, one has the option to either allow that operating system to remain or be removed. Only remove the existing operating system if the computer is more than 3 years old since most computer manufacturers cease to provide new B.I.O.S. versions after that time. If the intention is to remove the existing operating system, regardless of computer age, then ensure to check for and install any B.I.O.S. updates first.

If the Puppy files are to be appended, by making a frugal installation only of Puppy, then this would involve one of the following:
One can place a frugal installation within a pre-existing Windows installation. The save file, although itself is comprised of a Linux file-system, may reside on a F.A.T. or N.T.F.S. partition; which is why a frugal installation is also called a "co-exist" installation. A full hard disk drive installation on a F.A.T. partition is not possible because F.A.T. partitions do not support Linux symbolic links.

There is an option to install from within Microsoft Windows using the relevant file from here:

How to run Puppy Linux from a flash memory drive on any computer already running

Absent internal H.D.D.

Using GRUBforDOS boot-loader for all common file-systems

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