WinNT 4 and RedHat 7 on the same hard disk

I've heard a lot of Linux and I want to to try with RedHat 7 as a workstation. My concern is I have only one hard disk with 2 partition :
first partition NTFS -> WinNT 4( It's already there)
second partition FAT -> empty (intend to install linux on it). I don't know whether I can get boot option to choose OS and is there any importance things to know before I go with this

Please advice

Thanks a lot
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dorwardConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It should just work, although I would get 7.1 as there are lots of improvements over 7.0.

You might have trouble with lilo, as the default install on 7.0 doesn't appear to enable LBA mode (needed for booting past the 1024th cilinder of the hard disk). Make sure you make a boot floppy then you can enable it manually (just read the lilo.conf man page - command = "man lilo.conf" - then edit /etc/lilo.conf)
hnguyenhnAuthor Commented:
I'll try and let you know

XTermConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Delete the fat partiton.
Linux isn't a "program" it wont install in d:\os\linux.
You'll need to make a ext2 partition and a swpa partition.
Don't worry, the installer makes that easy.
Tell the installer not to touch the MBA and create a boot floppy. Afterwards, download an upgrade for lilo, and install then the new bootsector to the MBA.

It sounds hard, but its very easy,

Good luck
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Relax, you do not need to upgrade lilo. The one that comes with Red Hat 7.0 will work fine in LBA mode.
Delete your D: partition (and the extended partition) to where just the C: drive is left.  You can use Disk Administrator (windisk.exe) to do this.

Then boot your RedHat 7.x CD and go through the install.

Make sure you create both the Linux and the Swap partitions.

You will get to a screen that sets up lilo.  You need to do TWO things here.

1. DE-SELECT use "linear" (UNLESS you have a SCSI drive)
2. in the place for kernel parameters, enter "lba32" (no quotes)

This screen is also the place to set the default OS at boot.

It is HIGHLY recommended that you DO let the system make a boot diskette.  This can save you much time and aggrevation.

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