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Old 11-12-2005, 11:05 AM   #1
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Linux on a FAT partition?

I was wondering if there's a way to install linux on a FAT partition. I was reading a bit of info on linux filesystems and it said that many filesystems could be supported because of something about adding the drivers blah blah blah. Is there a way to do this for FAT? I am willing to put it on a separate partition. I am using Windows 98 and Kanotix (a variant of Debian). If someone can tell me why ext3 is so much better (and find a program to mount ext3 partitions under windows 98) then maybe I won't need to use FAT.
Old 11-12-2005, 11:20 AM   #2
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The limitations of fat make it unsuitable for a stable linux system. The reason why ext2 and ext3 and other specific linux filesystems are used is that these support file permissions. In this way files can effectively be hidden from users without the right permissions and a normal user is prevented from accidentally messing up the whole system because root privileges are necessary to change important system settings.

If you are worried about file sharing between windows and linux your best option is using a fat partition as a shared partition between linux and windows to place your shared files on (this can even be your windows C drive).

I do remember having used a progra that was capable of showing files on an ext2/3 partition in window, but the share option is much more comfortable. I've used it myself for a considerable time before finally dumping window.
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You can install Zipslack onto fat partition
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Or Cygwin - which you can install inside Windows
Old 11-12-2005, 03:05 PM   #5
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Now that you mention it, my first linux experience was with WinLinux, but it's alot of hassle booting into windows to boot into linux and a double shut-down process to finally stop the whole system...
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Found the app I was looking for. It's called explore2fs and allows you to browse your linux partitions from windows.


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