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Old 09-19-2002, 05:26 PM   #1
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which is better for dual booting w/Win2K: Mandrake or RH?

I've been reading up on how to set up dual booting with Linux and Win2K.

From your experience, which is easiest to set it up with: Mandrake or RedHat?

I want something that will be simple to set up so I can choose which os I want to boot, keeping Win2K as the default. I am not very familiar with Linux and I want to start learning it. That is my reason for setting up dual boot.

Are there any suggestions on which I should use for easiest setup? Can I install Mandrake without having to edit /ext/lilo.conf to include win as an option? Or will I have to edit regardless of which I choose?

Old 09-19-2002, 05:29 PM   #2
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there is really very little difference for the installation. please search the forum for peoples preferences, or somewhere like distrowatch. you'll not find too many differences with these two though.
Old 09-20-2002, 02:02 AM   #3
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From experience, Mandrake does set this up for you, but so do MOST other distros I have dabbled with. RH (7.2) did too. Out of pure preference I would install lilo regardless of distro. But this won't matter, as they will both (more than likely) set this up for you during the install.

Old 09-20-2002, 02:02 PM   #4
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Doesn't matter

Either one will provide a GUI tool to change things once you've installed it. They will both enable dual boot by default. Redhat lets you change a couple of parameters during the install for your boot loader and Mandrake lets you change them after you've installed it and have booted into Mandrake. Consider buying a book on Redhat if you are planning to use either Mandrake or Redhat as the two have a lot in common and a book can help out quite a bit w/ the basics regardless of the distro you're using.


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