Linux on a laptop

I have a Compaq Armada M300
I want to replace the Windows 2000 installation with Linux
I do NOT have the floppy drive or CDDRom for it
I have a USB CDROM but I read somewhere where you had to use a PCMCIA CDROM, Don't have one of those
Can anyone help me?
I live close to Terre Haute and would appreciate any help

Thanks

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vmware install server

I have a vmware install server that I downloaded pre configured. I haven't tested it, but it should be fairly easy to configure a vmware image with a server to do PXE boot so you can start your install. I can burn the one I have to a DVD for you or check vmware.com for an installation appliance.

linux-on-laptops.com

http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/compaq.html has some links on how to setup Linux on an Armada M300. Without the floppy drive you're probably out of luck. If you had it, you could boot off a floppy and do a netinstall.

The machine says it will

The machine says it will boot via network
I enabled it and it works however I have no idea how to network boot anything
I have Windows XP Pro
Anything I can do
Whats the next step

Thanks

Network boot

For a pure network boot, you'd need a DHCP server that supports BOOTP and a compatible boot image.

What if I built a machine

What if I built a machine with Ubuntu
can I easily make it a server and then create a network boot for the laptop

I say yes!

I'm not sure, but I'd say yes. If you get all this going it might be a cool presentation. When can we put you on the schedule?

Need to be able to boot from CD or Floppy.

I think you'll have to setup your bios to boot from USB CD. If you can't do that...you might be hosed. Unless someone knows a way to network boot it and start an install without even having a boot floppy or rescue CD image to start it?