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SubjectRe: Linux-2.6.8 Hates DOS partitions
Hi Denis

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004, Denis Vlasenko wrote:

> > I just had to reinstall the "Fedora Linux 2" release from scratch the
> > second time. What it does is, even though I told it to leave my
> > SCSI disks alone, and even though I bought a new ATA Disk just for
> > it, and even though I carefully told the installation program to
> > use ONLY /dev/hda... Guess what? It installed a piece of GRUB
> > on my first SCSI, /dev/sda, where the LILO boot-loader for DOS
> > and linux-2.4.26 exists! It looks like it put it in a partition
> > table!
> >
> > So, every time I install a new Linux version, GRUB writes something
> > else there. Eventually it probably gets big enough to make the DOS D:
> > partition go away, and soon DOS drive C: becomes unbootable. I can't
> > find any other reason.
>
> If you want to be sure that DOS boots, you may boot Linux by booting
> into DOS first and then use loadlin/linld. I do it all the time.
>
> > This is the second time I've had to reinstall everything from
> > scratch in the past two weeks and I can tell you that there is
> > nothing "free" about free software.
I think you are misinterpreting "free", for example:
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/philosophy.html#AboutFreeSoftware

is a good start, it has nothing to do with $$$$$ :)

>
> Bullshit. Commercial software can mess things up too.
>
> Two weeks ago I personally witnessed how simple chkdsk
> (standard one from NT install CD, not a fancy utility)
> mangled NT4 domain controller's mirrored boot partition
> to the point of "inaccessible boot device" BSOD.
>
> It was not fun at all. Luckily I had a complete backup.
> --
> vda
>
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