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Old 07-08-2006, 08:57 AM   #1
Chris Carter
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Question Go back software and Linux/Windows 98 dual boot

Hi, I am new to this site and a pottential new user of Suse Linux. I have a few questions that I will be grateful if anyone can answer:

1) My son and I want to install this onto our old 600 Mhz Pentium PC which runs Win 98. We have Adaptec's Go-back software installed (which has been a life saver!). I have two hard drives, a 20GB one that I use for OS and software and an 80 GB that I use for data. I want to ensure that there will be no conflicts with the Go-back software if after I have partitioned the 20 GB drive using YAST (to store Linux and related software)that when I store data files on the 80 GB disc, it would not ruin the Go-Back file history. Perhaps a separate data partition on the larger drive that is solely for Linux data would be the best answer?

2) Also, does anyone also know if there is any open source Linux-based Go-back-like software?

3) My wife is concerned that dual booting would make the PC difficult to use, is it simply a matter of pressing a function key at boot up?

I appologise if these are basic questions but as this is our main PC and I don't want to have to re-image the thing again if something goes wrong.

Thank you very much and best regards,

Old 07-08-2006, 10:22 AM   #2
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1) I cannot really answer this question, as I just don't know

2) I don't believe that there is any exact clone of that software, but I know that there are some Norton Ghost-like utilities. (Instead of monitoring the changes and letting you revert back to an arbitrary point, they image the disk only when you ask it too and give you a relatively good starting point.)

3) If your bootloader is configured properly then yes booting a different Operating system with GRUB or lilo is just two button presses or less (if you have two OSes).

Also - I wouldn't suggest SuSe for a 600mhz machine. In my experience, SuSe is really too heavy. My suggestion would be Beatrix actually. (It's a little known distro from the Czech Republic. Meant to be lightweight, yet full featured - and you can use Debian's update tools to get more programs.)
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Welcome to LQ I have moved this thread to Linux-Distributions - Linux From Scratch is a distribution (or "version") in it's own right.
Old 07-10-2006, 05:26 PM   #4
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Congrats on WIN98 - the M$ unsupported OS
Old 07-11-2006, 12:54 PM   #5
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1. Isnt Go-Back a rescue program to restore files / your OS? I wouldnt see why partitioning or installing linux would interfere in any way with that.

2. Mondo Rescue. Backup to a dvd/cd/network/hard drive etc and restore it later. Theres plenty of other possibilities.

3. Dual booting wont be a problem. If everyone is used to booting win 98 then set win 98 as the default for the bootloader that way you only have to do one extra step when booting into linux.


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