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Old 11-19-2003, 02:23 AM   #1
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topologilinux info


Howdy,

here is my particular problem. the computer people at my particular department at my university seem to be afraid of anything that is not windoz. after converting to linux at home, i simply can't stand working all day on a windoz box - especially since most of my work involves working on a remote unix machine. i tried to talk them into letting me make a dual boot machine with windoz xp and redhat, but they balked at the idea and said they would have to do it and it would take too much time, dual boots don't work, blah blah blah. so, i'm stuck with an ntfs partition and no access to the xp installation disks at work - which means i can't simply reformat/repartition and start from scratch.

i would really like to find a way to install some distro of linux on my machine without having to involve the tech people at all - which seems to mean i will have to live with the ntfs system. does anyone have experience with topologilinux (which claims to run on ntfs), or does anyone have another idea of how get linux onto my box?

by the way, i would just get partition magic and try that, but unfortunately i don't have the $$ to buy it.

thanks for any advice/suggestions that people can offer.

-david
 
Old 11-19-2003, 03:05 AM   #2
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topologilinux looks nice, but I've never tryed it.
Another solution might be Winlinux, wich isn't free by the way.. I have tryed winlinux 2000(wich is free for download). It works nice, you can just start it from your windows start menu.

But maybe knoppix is a solution? just put the CD in, and you are running linux. Drawback is that it isn't easy to save settings and stuff..
 
Old 11-19-2003, 06:48 PM   #3
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thanks for the suggestion. i'll give that a try and see how it works.
 
Old 11-20-2003, 11:47 AM   #4
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O, i forgot a very good option. ZipSlack (www.slackware.com)
It can be installed on a fat(32) disk, so no partition is needed. Even more fun: you can install it on a zipdisk. So if you have a zipdisk, that would be the perfect solution.

good luck
 
Old 12-07-2003, 04:25 PM   #5
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The Topologilinux works really well, especially if you a newbie like me!
I had almost no problems installing it and was up and running at the root in less than 30 minutes. (Someone with more experience could probably do it in less lol). It installs almost completely on its own (once you run the win32 setup and reboot)

If I had you problem this is the way I would go! I have XP as my shameful primary OS and screwed up my computer pretty bad trying to multi boot so the CD booting on Topologilinux works out great.

The one problem ran into was keeping XP from "stealing" HDD space from it. I solved it by using a separate HDD all together. There may have been annother way, but I'm probably not THAT XP "intellegent" to be able to do it.

Good luck if you try it out- I love it
 
  


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