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Linux Mandrake 6.0 met Lnx4win

Ik kwam dit erg interessante stukke info tegen bij Ace's Hardware. Dit kan wellicht leuk zijn om mensen met een Linux-fobie over de streep te halen :

"by Hoyt, . . . the newest distribution of Mandrake 6.0 from [is] based on RedHat conventions. . . highly optimized and comes with a killer implementation of the KDE desktop. Hidden away, however, is a program called Lnx4win.exe. . . Many current MS- Windows owners have powerful computers with plenty of hard drive space, but are understandably confused about the repartitioning involved to install Linux on an ext2 partition. Next to ppp issues, partitioning seems to be the source of much frustration from new-to-Linux users. Lnx4win allows the new user to eliminate this hassle by installing Mandrake to an image file on a hard drive and creating a desktop shortcut that allows the user to boot from MS Windows to Mandrake. No muss. No fuss. No repartitioning necessary. This is not a umsdos file system, but a real ext2 file system inside an image file mounted using a loopback device. There is one drawback. . . You must have at least 64 Mb of ram to install Linux this way and. . . enough free hard drive real estate to accommodate the size you select for you installation. You also get an option to install a boot menu into the config.sys file. This option would not work for me when booting into Windows 98, just into DOS. I removed it and use a desktop link to boot to Lnx4win. The performance of Linux under the Lnx4win installations seems slower than an identical ext2 installation. . . but not significantly so. Lnx4win also uses a swap file rather than a swap partition While targeted at the new user. . . Lnx4win can also be useful to the dual-booting seasoned Linux veteran. Just make a minimal install of enough programs to recover from a crash and duplicate any config file in the Lnx4win version of Mandrake. Then just edit fstab to allow you to mount the regular ext2 partition and as long as the entire machine has not crashed, you have a convenient way to launch a repair kit to fix your primary installation. . . "

Door Femme Taken


13-09-1999 • 10:25

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Bron: Ace's Hardware

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