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I'm wondering if there is any way that i can install linux on the second partition of my hard drive, without it being the default op. sys. If so, how do i go about changing from op. sys. in the middle of a windows session?
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I know of two ways to do similar thing:

1. You can use and install Linux from distributors that allow you to run the os from within windows, but the Linux will be probably installed on your free space in the windows partition.    You can download or order WinLinux from www.winlinux.net (215 MB) and it is working on win 95 or win 98.

2. You can install your Linux in the second partition, and use VMWare to access it from within windows.  You can download trial version of VMWare from www.vmware.com, the trial version is for 30 days, but from my experience, you can get another 30-60 days.
· With VMWare, you create a virtual computer inside your  
  windows season with virtual network, copy and paste between
  the seasons etc.
· Vmware needs Win NT or Win2000.


Remark: I don’t think it is possible in other way since the windows OS and Linux OS use different file systems.


hope it will help
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Move all your data to the first partition. Delete the second partition. Boot off the CD and install Linux on the second partition (should be /dev/hda2 or /dev/hda5).
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If you want Linux to be protected from windows, write lilo to the boot sector of the second partition. You can switch to Linux in this case by making the Linux partition active, or by booting from a floppy, or by using loadlin.
The other option is to install lilo on the MBR. If you can do this during the install, make windows your primary OS. Otherwise, boot into Linux, login as root and then edit lilo.conf to change the default = line to the name of your windows image (probably dos)
run lilo -v. Your default OS will be windows.

To switch in the middle of a windows session, go down to DOS mode (not a dos shell), and run loadlin. Or just reboot.
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