This post has been edited by cannie: 06 August 2008 - 12:24 AM
Dual boot Windows 98/Linux ¿Howto?
Posted 05 August 2008 - 11:22 PM
Posted 06 August 2008 - 12:37 AM
Posted 06 August 2008 - 01:06 AM
I've got the most recent version of Mandriva on a CD (july 2008), and it runs perfect, but AFAIK I am not able to install it in the HD. Is there any possibility of doing it, or the install version is a different one?.
Thank you for your kind answer.
Posted 06 August 2008 - 06:55 AM
Downside is that this virtual filesystem is a bit slower. But installing and removing is so easy. So Wubi makes it possible to give you the full Linux/Ubuntu feeling without having to change anything on your existing system. All you need is a few gig's free harddrive space.
Other downside, when talking about a Win98 dualboot, is that these opensource guys and girls claim that (Linux) Ubuntu supports FAT32. But when they roll out a new kernel they don't ever bother to test it with FAT32 volumes. Since 5 kernel updates I only found 1 to be working with FAT32. There are issues with Ubuntu and FAT32. Nothing too serious but still.
I run a Win98/Ubuntu dual boot myself. Just for fun mainly. I have a mp3-player that won't work under Win98 so it's nice that Ubuntu sees it.
But I got more hardware that's working fine under Win98 but not under Linux.
I don't understand why XP and Vista are no options for upgrading but Linux is. What do Win98 and Linux have in common? Nothing, they are both lacking WPA, perhaps that's a reason for some.
If you like Win98 because it's simple clear and open, because you have almost full control over it, because you can backup or restore your system in no time, because you don't need to download 40-50 megs of updates every week and many more reasons like this..........then Linux will disappoint you!
It's nice to have as dual-boot but I personally never considered removing Win98 for more than a few seconds
Posted 08 August 2008 - 05:19 PM
Also had quite some trouble with LILO in the early years.
And more than once, I've had a Linux CD with bad behaviour, partitions and boot manager related.
So I am using the boot manager, that comes with XFDISK, my favourite partitioner for years.
It resides in the MBR of the first physical HDD, could be removed easily by FDISK MBR.
Linux start routines are advised, to reside in the boot sector of their partition, not the MBR of the harddisk.
Anyway, Win2k and XP can't be handled this way, so they may use their own start menu in the W98 partition. But I can even modify the BOOT.INI from DOS
BTW, all system backups are made with Norton Ghost 7.5 here. Won't misplace or forget the boot files, won't complain about index.dat dirt, and it can as well run on plain DOS. Images can be compressed, and on FAT32 it splits and joins it's big images automatically.
Posted 31 August 2008 - 03:23 AM
I believe that Mandriva one can be installed from Live CD.
This post has been edited by specialbao1: 31 August 2008 - 03:24 AM
Posted 11 September 2008 - 03:03 PM
A frugal install put's about 5 files on your harddrive. No need to partition. If you don't like it you can just remove the files.
Lin-Win Dualboot Guide
This post has been edited by maggotspawn: 11 September 2008 - 03:05 PM
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