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    SubjectRe: [OFFTOPIC]linux + WIN98
    bryan vold wrote:
    >
    > On Sat, Aug 08, 1998 at 03:30:55AM -0300, Garst R. Reese wrote:
    > > Hi guys, sorry to intrude on the wonderful devfs list :), but I need a
    > > favor.
    > > I'm buying my lovely wife a ThinkPad 385. It comes with Win98, but I
    > > want to wean her off to Linux. W98 is installed on 2GB partition and
    > > there is an empty 1GB partition. It comes with a recovery CD, but that's
    > > it. No chance for a custom install. Her primary activity will be
    > > writing, so she needs LaTeX, ghostscript, LyX, and X + Netscape for
    > > surfing. If anybody has experience with a similar setup, good or bad, or
    > > can point me to a FAQ or HOWTO, it would greatly help.
    >
    > Loadlin+Win95-HOWTO
    >
    > > Me, I have a 486 with 20Mb ram, all linux 2.1.115, so I don't know jack
    > > about W$
    > > My real questions are "will lilo work?",
    >
    > Not if the filesystem has been converted to FAT32. Use loadlin. I converted
    > to FAT32 before I read the FAQ. Make sure you read the latest versions of the
    > FAQ, I'm sure someone will start adding pieces for Win98. For now, basically,
    > you should be able to apply anything that applies to Win95.
    >
    > FYI, a couple of things. FAT32 is very fast, I like it when I _HAVE_ to run
    > Windows (experimenting with JDK1.2, for ex.) The script at the end of
    > Loadlin+Win95-HOWTO works great.
    >
    > (You CAN use lilo if you want to boot from floppy, -- even with FAT32 -- ...
    > Been there, done that. But it can be a pain. Lilo would actually be loaded
    > on the boot sector of the floppy. Technically, you don't NEED to use LILO
    > from floppy, it can boot a linux kernel directly, with the correct root device
    > configured with rdev)
    >
    > > Can I just move W98 to the smaller partition and have it work? I would have
    > > to trim it a bit, because all the shit they have loaded takes up 1.2GB.
    >
    > Don't know. Might be good to note that the floppies on the IBM Thinkpads have
    > a bizarre configuration. It was necessary in the past (at least with some of
    > the distributions) to specify a special parameter to the kernel so it would
    > recognize the floppy correctly -- something about lines being crossed or
    > something like that. There is a Linux on IBM Thinkpad FAQ --
    > http://peipa.essex.ac.uk/tp-linux/tp-linux.html -- but I don't know if it
    > addresses issues with Win98. HTH.
    >
    > -Bryan
    > --
    > bvold@uhc.com

    Partition magic would be the magic solution with the boot
    manager, no problem with win32 there.


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