I'm a Linux novice. I installed Fedora onto my Tosh Sat 3000 with v. few probs.. Only real prob I found was that for whatever reason Add/Remove software, after prompting for the distro CD then fails saying it can't read it. (I think there might be a general prob with reading the distro CDs, it took a good few goes before I managed to persuade the Tosh to boot from it...)
Anyway, I figured the easiest solution was to copy the CDs to the HD, which I've done. How do I get the Add/Remove software interface to look for RPMs in the directories I've created on the HD rather than on the CD?