Linux on Windows

Linux on Windows

Post by Clive Dov » Sat, 19 Jul 2003 18:33:10

Why not partition?

Linux will take the same room riding on windows as it would operating as
an independent operating system and it will do so much less

Remember, this is an operating system, not a windows application.

Let Mandrake carve out a partition and set up a dual boot. It will
carve out the space non-destructively and if you decide not to keep it
you can return the space to windows use as an additional drive letter,
which is an added protection for workproduct as putting your
workproduct on a separate partition protects it from system crashes.

Linux on Windows

Post by ERA » Sun, 20 Jul 2003 07:25:45

In comp.os.linux.questions
Message-< XXXX@XXXXX.COM >
Pik,< XXXX@XXXXX.COM > babbled:

Doable, but a bad idea. Give Mandrake 9.1 a try and let it handle the
repartitioning for you. Just be sure to run defrag on 'doze prior to
running the install. Backup critical files from 'doze first, like
any Quicken stuff, w/p documents, spreadsheets, e-mail and whatnot
you don't want to risk losing. It's really quite easy to install
Linux this way.

You could always look for a LUG in your area and go to the next
installfest they sponsor.

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Linux on Windows

Post by Xyer » Sun, 20 Jul 2003 07:59:22


But the thing puzzling me is, why on *earth* would you want to *keep*
that other thing.. "windows" you called it?

Linux on Windows

Post by unpublshdx » Sun, 20 Jul 2003 22:52:19

I think what you are looking for is commonly called loop linux. Check lwn and
distrowatch. Slackware did/does have a variant Zipslack or Bigslack.
Phatlinux will install on fat32 and ntfs. Possibly Dragonlinux as well. Some
seem to work on fat32 only while others handle ntfs.

Some of these loop linux variants seem to use old kernels and progs. So I
never bothered with them.

I'm running into a similar situation with my fiancee's machine. She has 20 gig
fat 32 partition. For several reasons I'd rather not resize the partition.
One option then is loop linux, but a second hard drive (or even VMware) is much
better. I will probably get a 60 gig, but even a 5 or 10 gig would be useful
in your app.


Linux on Windows

Post by szcs » Mon, 21 Jul 2003 02:28:54

TopologiLinux seems to be the only one that's updated and improved
constantly. It also uses the safe, rewritten new NTFS driver to run
read-write from the Windows partition.

Linux on Windows

Post by Lew Pitche » Mon, 21 Jul 2003 11:58:46

Without hesitation, Pik asserted (on or about 07/17/03 23:34) that:

Slackware's "ZipSlack" installs into a FAT-formatted partition, and (when
started using the LoadLin.EXE program) starts up from Win98. ZipSlack is
built so that it can be run from a 100Mb Zip disk on a Windows/MSDOS system
(as opposed to a Windows/NT system like WinNT, Win2K or WinXP).

Lew Pitcher

Master Codewright and JOAT-in-training
Registered Linux User #112576 ( )
Slackware - Because I know what I'm doing.

Linux on Windows

Post by jmw » Fri, 25 Jul 2003 22:59:01

didn't your parents tell you? you always keep that kind of thing around
as a "bad example", so you will never forget.