3322Re: [NTO] ios.VXD
- Aug 13 11:45 AMIn any event, I have had the complete opposite results 2 times upon trying
PM and BM.
I thought it worked pretty bad - and I had the latest versions.
You can always say it's operator error, but I sell PM and I have unlimited
tech support. I'm not new to PM, BM, or dual-booting configs.
There's issues that Linux impose with any OS in a dual-boot config, but PM
is currently working on the issues.
There's flaws in PM that are not so easily explained by their tech support
either. Heck, even drive size when creating the partitions impose risks
when doing this.
When you want a "no-brainer" type of solution to make it as error-free as
possible, I would still go with VPC.
There's a lot less risk in losing valuable data, since most people I know
never backup their systems unfortunately...
Your solutions still has strong points over mine, no doubt. You aren't
using shared networking or anything to slow down the speed. VPC and VMWare
have increased the speed tremendously, and are hoping to make it just like a
machine that isn't using shared drives or networking, etc.
One nice feature that they have is the fact that you can map drives to your
other OS on the system.
You can even drag-and-drop files into the guest operating system from the
host, or vice-versa.
Both solutions have their benefits, but I guess it's all up to you guys to
decide what path to take.
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 1:35:44 PM
Subject: Re: [NTO] ios.VXD
Ed Brown wrote:
> But my advice is to forget Linux unless you have aIf I may be so bold, I disagree completely. Linux and
> separate computer to put it on.
Windows can coexist very nicely on the same box, and there
are, in fact, several advantages to having things configured
this way. For example, I currently dual-boot between Windows
2000 and Mandrake Linux 8.2, and the way I have things
mounted in Linux, I can access the *exact same* data files
and directories no matter which OS I'm using. As another
example, I have my Netscape POP mailboxes symbolically
linked between the two OSs, so I don't have to worry about
synchronizing the mailboxes, POP state, address books, etc.
Of course, you could do the same thing using network mounts,
but it's a couple of degrees easier and faster to actually
use the same physical machine.
If you want to run both OSs, my recommendation is to use
PartitionMagic and BootMagic. It really does work, and it's
really easy to create separate Linux and Windows partitions
without destroying your existing Windows partition. That is,
you can resize your Windows partition and create a Linux
parition without losing your Windows stuff, which is what
would happen if you tried to do this using vanilla fdisk.
If you're simply dead set against subdividing your hard disk
to create a Linux parition, PartitionMagic notwithstanding,
you could simply install another hard disk on your machine.
Windows insists on being the first OS in the boot sector on
the first disk, but Linux is not so persnickety like that.
The key when configuring Linux to boot from the second hard
disk is to make sure that the LILO (or GRUB) boot loader is
installed on the disk from which you want to boot Linux,
rather than in the boot sector of the disk from which Windows
boots. It sounds more complicated than it is. Honestly.
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