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Linux Slackware 3.3 with win 95

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I read your document about installing Linux with win 95.

      I have the following configuration:
      6 GB HDD partitioned
C: 2GB / FAT 32,
D: 2 GB / FAT 32
E: 2GB / FAT 32

      I have win95 version

      Windows 95. [Version 4.00.1111]
Revision A
DOS is in HMA
      
      And I bought a slackware version 3.3

      Now my question to you what should I do to install Linux properly with Win 95
      Cause I installed Linux on Drive "E" and it didn't work at all, it was just a dos directory.
1. shall I use FIPS to partition drive "C" to 450 MB for Dos and Windows (I do not like to do that cause you know that new software now eats HDD space, not like before where software used to be small in size);
2.  Can I install it on one of the other partition without having to partition "C" using "E" as an example. (maybe because the new version of slackware will allow me to do that.
3. Or can I buy a new hard drive and make it detected to the Linux OS but it will be after drive F cause I do have "F" used for CD ROM, so may be I will make it "G" or something, but can I reboot Linux from drive "G"

Please try to answer me, cause I need your help.

Thank you very much in advance

Khaled Tawfik
khasan@ritsec1.com.eg


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Slackware supports UMSDOS installation, i.e. installation on top of a FAT filesystem. That is the type of installation you need to use if you do not want to create a dedicated partition for Linux (actually, you need two - one for swap). AFAIK, UMSDOS instalation is not so popular, in part because it hinders performance of Linux. Not all distributions support it (but Slackware always have).

You definitely can use a new hard drive for Linux.
The question about frive G makes no sense for Linux because in Lunux, there are no drive letters. Rather, it will be "IDE device #3" (provided that you connect it as a master in the secondary IDE chain). And it will happily boot from there. (to be precise, it will be something like "IDE device #3, partition #1).
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I still couldnt get it, can I use one of the partitions that I currently have to install Linux there, i.e. Drive E. or I can not since Linux has to be installed on the first 1024 cylinder (within the first 528 MB)

because I tried to install it there and it didnt work


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