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Old 06-03-2008, 02:12 PM   #1
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RE: need a 'silent' bootloader- will grub do it? CLOSED

I will re-word my previous posting, it was closed instantly so I will re-word && try to assure that no malicious intent in festering here! just a guy trfying to tweak my machine!

Ok, I have some problems with a laptop configuration I am trying to put together- its a EDIT laptop with win xp pro installed on single drive. I want to resize the drive for a small linux partition at end of drive, about 10gb. The general idea here is to have a small linux that appears mostly to look like win xp, not a big deal so far! but,

The main feature I need is for the laptop to be able to 'silently' boot into the linux while appearning to look like its just booting into xp pro. What I was thinking was to use a bootsplash screen like xp pro, so after short bios screen bl would have xp bootsplash, and give like 1 or 2 secs to input a key-combo else 'seamlessly' boot int5o xp && default xp bootsplash. If the right key-combo was input, it would goto linux boot with of course another replica of the xp bootsplash,, so either boot would appear to be a typical xp pro boot...

The other part of problem is that the linux partition needs to be hidden && hidden fairly well. It is not a super speedy laptop and needs more ram so encrypting whole partition doesn't seem reasonable, and I don't really knjow much about any of it anyways, and haven't had much luck with searching around so far. I have truecrypt dl'd but have to do more reading before I know if it will be suitable or not- I need an experienced user to provide some advice about possible methods && steps to take in ordert o properly implement this kind of configuration! Plus, I still have yet to find a bootloader that will fit the bill! grub has some features but as far as I can tell would have to be modified. Someone must have already tackled this kind of issue!! any help please,, cheers j

feel free to re-close if you see soemthing unreasonable about my request for assistance, but I think some assumption were ade due to my choice of wording! the machine is indeed mine, and yes it is used for work! cheers j
Old 06-03-2008, 02:14 PM   #2
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Sorry dude, it just doesn't work like that. We know your intentions and no one here nor is LQ going to be responsible for breaking your company's IT policy. Now, go ask your IT department on how you can dual boot if using Linux will increase your productivity at work since apparently its not allowed. If you're allowed to install applications, install VMware Server (free) or buy VMware Workstation and build yourself a virtual Linux machine on the laptop. And if this is truly your laptop, then why the need to hide Linux? That's what tells us you are breaking some rules while at work.

If you open another thread after these getting closed, you'll find your privileges to use this site here revoked.

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