[techtalk] multibooting vs. VMWare?

srl slandrum at turing.csc.smith.edu
Mon Nov 8 12:20:22 EST 1999

On Mon, 8 Nov 1999, Caitlyn Martin wrote:

> As far as this is concerned, '98 and '95 are the same.  Also, some
> distributions (Caldera for example), give you a Windows based installer for
> Linux and set up your partitions and dual boot for you.

I've heard good things about the Caldera dist. Will the install also
non-destructively re-partition the drive for you?

> Nt is the bear here.  Basically, you want to do '98 first, then Linux, then
> install an NT-friendly boot manager like System Commander, and *then*
> install NT.  Since NT wants it's OS loader in the MBR, you really need to
> follow the instructions that come with System Commander for NT.

Aha. So, here's my current thought:

1> get the place that's building my PC to install 98 on it and save me
some time. fork over the $100 for a 98 CD.

2> get Partition Magic or similar and partition the drive like so:

/hda1 win98 C: , minimal size (200MB? what's realistic here?)
/hda2 winNT C: , for future use when I get around to it, 200MB
/hda3 linux /boot, 200MB
/hda4 win98 D: , for putting applications/games on
/hda5 winNT D: , for applications
/hda6..X linux /home, /usr, /usr/local, /var, and the rest

3> install linux and get it running happily as my OS of choice. Use 98
occasionally for games. 

4> when i get around to it someday, buy System Commander and NT and
install them, but this is no big hurry.

Does this sound feasible?


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