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win98 with fat32 and linux on same system

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I have a pentium with win98 having fat32.
i want to install linux on to it..and i want to use both the
operating systems.Please help
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 Having done just this, here's my take on the best way to do this.
  First, either install a secondary harddrive, or re-partition your current one.  Linux won't run on Fat32.  Partition Magic is the perfect answer for this (make certain it's a fairly recent copy, so it'll support FAT32).
  Format whatever drive/partition as FAT16, or leave it blank.
  Linux will read your harddrives as 'hard drive a, b, etc and a partition number, 1, 2, etc.  So, if you have one harddrive with two partitions, and one with a single partition, it'll see the following:
   hda1
   hda2
   hdb1     (get it?)
  Install on the non-Fat32 partition.  Also give yourself a swap space.  I maxed mine out at 127meg (RedHat maximum, don't know if I'll need it, but it's there)
  When you get to setting up Lilo, you can either install it to the partition that Linux resides on, or let it go into your boot sector (of your primary drive).  Doing this, you'll have to tell Lilo to also be able to boot your other OS.  Choose an easy keystoke for it.
  RedHat's distribution (5.1 comes on several CD's) is the easiest one I've run to install.  It makes setting up easy, and, for me at any rate, worked the first time (even XWindows!)
  Good luck.


John Edwards

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by:nitin_kumars
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thanks for the reply...but i have some queries..

1.from where can i get partition magic ?

2.When i install lilo on the boot sector it asks what other os will i like to use and displays the partitions of my hard disk but there's no step where i get to assign keystokes that you have mentioned.(i have redhat linux 5.0 )
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