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ok mounting doesn't put the files on your hard drive it simply makes the mount directory list the files from whatever you mounted. It is basicly how you open the files in linux.
And fromzj linux has LinNeighborhood, it isnt exact but it is semi-close or maybe quasi? Either way though it is a good gui proggy for controlling smb shares.
Last edited by rootman147; 07-31-2002 at 09:23 PM.
Basically, Linux is a unix-like OS. The unices were always network operating systems, so it didn't make sense to have a 'drive letter' to access your files... what if you had files in over 26 different over the network? You wouldn't have enough letters to map all your storage spaces to. With the concept of 'mount points', you do away with all that! Say, for instance, that you were (past tense, we're talking about when the unices were developing) part of a USA-wide network of academic machines. You could, on your local machine, create the directories corresponding to all the departments in all the other universities on that network, and as far as your local machine is concerned, the files look like they're local. Now, apply that concept to things like removable media... Your CD need to be accessed from somewhere, so rather than creating a whole new set of rules for removable media, why not just use the same rules? You mount your 'remote' files (networked or removable media) onto a local directory!
Unforutnately, with Windows being the most common OS in use on todays home PCs, and such concepts being completely alien to it, many people are completely flummoxed by this concept, and simply 'get used to it'. I find that it helps to understand the underlying reasons why it is done the way it is... it often helps avoid confusion.
Hello all...im another linux newbie (somwhat) Ok, heres my problem. I installed Redhat on a seperate hard drive, Linux drive = 2gb. And have Xp home installed on a 40gb drive. After installing linux I have yet to figure out how to get windows running again. I even went to the extreme and disconnected the linux hd, with no success, when i booted all it did was display the word "grub" and did nothing else. I choose to install grub as my boot manager, and i need to know if theres a way to have grub boot windows, or what else i can do. Thanx in advanced for any help.