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Installing Linux on Win 95 machine

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 I just got a new computer with Win 95 "b" on it.  I would like to install Linux on it.  I have read through many of the HOWTO's on this matter, and here is my plan of attack:

  1. Wipe everything off the hard drive.
  2. repartition hard drive, install Win 95.
  3. Install Linux on a separate partition.
  4. Install LILO

I have two questions:

1. In one of the HOWTO's that I read, it says that LILO will not work with Win 95 "b".  Is this still true with the newest LILO?  I would like to use LILO instead of LoadLin if possible, since I am already familiar with it.

2. I am running Linux 2.0.30 on another system.  I can find the VFAT filesystem support.  Is this FAT 32 or just FAT 16?

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As far as I know lilo does not support win95b yet.  I would like to use it also, but I'm stuck with loadlin.  I think it should be fixed shortly.
Vfat is fat16.  Linux does not yet support fat32 officially.  There is a patch that can be applied to the kernal, but I think its still in the alpha stage.(too risky for me)  I'm waiting until its makes its way into the 2.1 kernals; it should be beta by then.  Until then I'm using a small partition formated with fat16(vfat) to transfer data back and forth between win95b and linux.
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