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Hello!
I have a pc with 2 HDs, the older one is 2.1GB with win95.
and a new one with 2445MB, since win95 supports till 2.1 GB i had to divide it, so i divided it to 2 parts (1045 MB, 1400 MB).
I would like to install a linux on the new HD, and keep the older one with win95. is there a way to do it? maybe every time i start the computer i can select which system to boot?, and i would also like the win95 and the linux to be connected somehow, like in a network.
well, i await your suggestions.
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by:somberlain
ID: 1637828
The linux boot manager/loader known as LILO boots win95, linux, dos, os/2 etc.. so that will take care of your boot problems. it prompts you for what you want to boot with at startup, basically it sits there at a "LILO" prompt and then boots your default after like 30 seconds (or 5, or right away, you set the timelimit), unless you hit "shift" then you can type in the name of what you want to boot.

when you go to install linux, you can keep win95 on the first drive, and you can put linux on both of the partitions of the second drive or only choose one.  I'd suggest mounting the larger partition on /usr and the smaller one on /, which I know slackware (my old distro i used) and stampede (the one i use now) both let  you setup when you install.

as far as networking them, this is just 1 PC right?  linux can read win95 filesystems (can't fat32 without a patch though), but win95  cant read linux filesystems, unless your using the umsdos filesystem for linux which is SLOW!!  avoud that!  the best bet is if you need linux files in windows, boot linux, copy them to the windows drive, then load windows up.  if you need linux/windows interoperability in a network scheme, you can use samba.

if you need more help/info just let me know.
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dima_sherman earned 200 total points
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Yeah, install linux on drive D: and install LILO there in linux setup or make linux boot disk with linux setup program. get linux from ftp.cdrom.com
I made bootdisk a:, so if i want linux i insert diskette if i want win95 i don't! Cos it read from c: first. :) easy!
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by:yolis
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about networking them, for example:
i want to put a perl code - cgi in the linux, and then to test it from netscape in win95, is that possible somehow?

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by:dima_sherman
ID: 1637831
Do you want to run Linux with WIN95 in the same time? Are you crazy? You can run programs that work on Linux OS like: Xwindows, MC, pico; but not programs that work on MS-DOS. I guess you want to check your work on linux in normal Netscape and not lynx, keep your box up and run to you friend and ask him connect to internet.
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by:yolis
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ok ok, i get it, thanx ..

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by:Shockwave
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Is there a reason that you can't test with Linux native Netscape?
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by:yolis
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hmm i guess not,...
ok, thank you

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