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Old 03-15-2004, 03:22 PM   #1
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Linux on XP

Hi Guru's,
I bought a brand new Dell PC which has 120GB harddrive, 1gb RAM and runs XP home edition. I want to add another 120GB hard drive and use it for Linux. I don't want to screw up anything on the XP side but want to mess up with the Linux side by installing/deinstalling the database products.

Any reason why shouldn't I install Linux on XP? I don't want to partition the hard drive.

Is there anything which will keep both the instances (Linux and XP) running virtually at the same time?

Old 03-15-2004, 03:23 PM   #2
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If you have linux on a separate hard disk there's absolutely no reason why the two shouldn't co-exist nicely
Old 03-15-2004, 03:26 PM   #3
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Yes, install VMWare for Linux or For Windows, then install the other under VMware.
then you can boot Windows OR Linux, then boot the other on VMware which runs as a Virtual Machine.

have i missunderstood ?

do u want a dual boot system (which will allow u to boot windows OR linux)
or do you want to have Both operating systems booted at the same time (with one of them running on VMware's Virtual Machine)

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Old 03-15-2004, 03:41 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I may want to boot either one or may be both. Not sure how the VMware works, but can I access the database ( Oracle ) on Linux from the client product from the XP at the same time?
Old 03-15-2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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vmware is a virtual machine.
it is software, but it pretends to be hardware.

you could use vmware for example to boot linux on Windows.

the alternatice, and far better solution is to have a dual boot system.
which means both windows and linux are installed.
when u switch on the pc it flashes up a menu, you then sleect boot windows or boot linux.

but only one OS can controll your pc at once. vmware is a verry messy solution.
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When you say you want to install Linux "on" XP, are you saying that you want to install the Linux OS as if it were just another application running on top of XP, or are you saying that you want to _also_ install Linux on the same PC where XP is already installed?

I will assume that you mean the latter, which means that you just need to set up your PC as a dual-boot system. You don't mention which distro you intend to use, but I would have no doubt that there are at least several threads devoted to dual booting XP along with [your distro of choice]. Check the Search function here to locate them.

Regarding Oracle: assuming the database is on another machine, then Yes, you could query it when running either a Windows or Linux, as long as you had the Oracle client software for each OS installed on your machine. On the other hand, if you are trying to install a single instance of Oracle on that same single PC (which is dual booting XP and Linux), then No, you would not be able to access it from both OS's. It would be one or the other, meaning that if you installed Oracle under Linux, you would only be able to start the database when Linux was running, which by definition means that Windows is not running. Similarly if you installed the Windows version or Oracle, you could only start up the database when XP was running, which means Linux is not. It's an either/or situation if you are talking about putting XP, Linux, and Oracle all on one single machine. -- J.W.
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Thanks again. I will be installing Linux on a separate hard drive so, I guess, it will be the _also_ scenario and that is what i want.


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