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Old 02-08-2005, 12:39 PM   #1
Registered: Dec 2002
Location: Mumbai, India
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How can linux be installed on Windows partition's free space without repartitioning?

This is how I think it can be done but have a question.

boot using the installation boot disk.
mount a file(on NTFS or FAT32/VFAT drive) as a loopback device
continue installation to the loopback device.

now what I don't know above is what do I mount the above loopback device as?
Is there anything more I should know. Would appreciate any additional pointers.

Thank you,
Prasad Khurd

Last edited by khurdp; 02-08-2005 at 01:12 PM.
Old 02-08-2005, 12:51 PM   #2
Gato Azul
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If you want a fairly easy way to install a Linux distro on a Windows partition without repartitioning or anything, you should check out some of the coLinux distributions such as Topologi Linux. Topologi is based on Slackware and it'll run as a process under the Windows kernel. Instead of making a new partition, it creates a really big (or small, depending on how much space you specify in the install) file that acts as a virtual partition for the system. Speaking from personal experience, I've used Topologi on my own computer and was very pleased with it. Networking wasn't too terrible to get working as long as you follow instructions, and configuring X isn't so bad either (just make sure your firewall doesn't block VNC). Also, if Slackware's not your thing, then there are other distros based on Knoppix, Gentoo, Debian, Fedora, and perhaps others as well. Hope that helps!

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