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    Another dualboot thread

    Hey guys, I'm interested in installing redhat9.0 on my laptop that is currently WinXP home ed. I don't want to make a boot diskette as I don't feel like replacing my cddrive for the floppy eachtime I want to run Linux...what are my other options?

    thanks, axon

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    You can install a boot loader.

    LILO and GRUB will let you pick what OS you want to boot. I dont know why but alot of people say you cant boot windows with lilo, you can.

    Theres also livecd, a Linux distro on a cd like knoppix.

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    which partition would I put either one of those in? The one holding linux or win?

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    The boot mangaer would get a linux partition.

    You could have a seperate on(/boot) or just one big linux one(a root(/) all by itslef, plus swap).

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    Damn partioning is so confusing. I'm glad Linux has an auto partion with the option to choose which os boots up automatically when you install it.
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    Damn partioning is so confusing.
    No, its not.

    Theres a couple of folders in Linux thats often put on different partitions(for backups, safety and speed).

    /boot - safety
    /var - big logs, often places else where or so they cant take up all the space.
    /tmp - so it cant take up all the space, maybe speed too
    /home - backups
    /usr - backups

    You just install LILO or GRUB and it puts itself into the MBR(where it goes to boot a OS). Then it lets you pick what you want to boot(kind of like its slecting what partition is active on the fly). You can also throw in extra kernel in here incase the knew one you just compiled doesnt work.

    I'm glad Linux has an auto partion with the option to choose which os boots up automatically when you install it.
    I dont know why but im going to be picky here, the installer may have that option

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    I'm planning on installing the new mandrake on my computer today. My supernerd friend named Ben is a computer guru at age 14 (seriously he knows WAY too much) and he's making an iso image for the new mandrake. Hopefully its made for stupid people/
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    >>My supernerd friend named Ben is a computer guru at age 14 (seriously he knows WAY too much)

    Wow, better forward his application to NASA.

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    Those partiitons and folders that you get in Linux are part of the Linux file system standard.
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    RoD I think he should. Hes a complete nerd. Ipaq and all. (Hes also trying to install linux on his ipaq but he doesn't have something called a cereal cradle or something) And as far as Lilo and Grub go grub is allot better. Lilo you have to remember names and all that crap.
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