Linux for Windows
Anyone know anything about this?
I saw this in Staples today. According to the box Linux is installed in a Windows file folder and can run without formatting or partitioning.
Is this some kind of gimmick to let Windows users see what Linux looks like without the pain?
Or is it a good thing?
This is true, it is also true it will run poorly as compared to having it run on its own file system, but it is a way to get a decent peak at it.
Thanks, I've been thinking about trying it out but had thought it was a bit over my head.
Yeah, it will run very poorly. This idea is similar to running Virtual PC on MACS.
The full version of Mandrake was there also.
How much disk space would be needed to install?
I have a 6 gig drive that I use for backups. I could partition that with FIPS that I just downloaded or just use the whole thing.
Guess I'll be buying the full version for about $65.
Thought I might download but seems you have to burn a cd to do it right. Right??
Don't own a burner and besides I'll have documentation.
See ya in the funny pages!
You could get the standard version for only $20. To install Mandrake, you'll want 1.5 gig, but you can easilly get away with less than 1 gig (especially if you know what software you want and use and the stuff you don't need cluttering up your system).
I installed Mandrake 8.0 in only 235 meg one time. That was with all of the basic software + staroffice 5.2 and some other stuff. Then I imaged the partition and burned the image onto a bootable CD
Mandrake has it's own built in disk formatter/partitioner that can take care of all your disk needs. You'll need at least 2 partitions, root and a swap space. You'll probably want three, the above two + a home directory for you files. Good luck and have fun!
Can you use a totatly different hdd for swap?
This will all be over before you can say Cat in a Hat.
Praetorian: yup, its a seperate partition, so i dont see any reason why not.
buy a linux distribution for about $2 (US)
download a linux distribution
Beware, linux OS loader (LILO) will overwrite your Windows loader by default. When you install linux, install LILO to a floppy drive. This is perhaps the easiest way to dual boot windows/linux. to boot linux, just insert the floppy. to boot windows - remove the floppy
later you can learn about making a lilo selection menu for booting, but you can progress to that point rather than start there.
Last edited by ctaylor; 10-08-2001 at 04:08 PM.
Thanks ctaylor, This was more what I had in mind.