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Old 09-25-2004, 09:20 PM   #1
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Hi all i just installed linux madrake 10.0 i am completely new to linux and i need to know how to access (and if i can?) FAT32 Partitions and also if there are windows emulators available so i can run a few windows programs?
Old 09-25-2004, 09:27 PM   #2
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For Windows emulation check out Wine it isn't perfect, but it'll get a few applications going. There are several native Linux alternatives, so just ask for what you need, and a native app can probably be found.
Old 09-25-2004, 09:28 PM   #3
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You can mount it as root with "mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/fat32". Change the device and mount-point to what suits your system... hda is primary master, hdb is primary slave, hdc is secondary master, hdd is secondary slave. The number is the partition number on the drive. You'll need to create the mount-point. It's just a empty directory. It can be called anything you want, and is in /mnt only by convention. Once it's working, you can search the forum for more info on allowing normal users to mount/umount.

As for Windows emu, there is WINE, and maybe a few others. I've not used any, so I can't give any recommendations.
Old 09-25-2004, 09:39 PM   #4
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The easy newbie way (and oldtimers like me use it too) to run many windows apps on linux in to use crossover office. It costs $40 and it makes it really easy to istall things like MS Office, IE, if you are really wanting to... Also photoshop 7 and various aother apps you may need... They have a compatibility list to see what apps work... You don't need windows to use it, tho theoretically you do need a windows licence to run IE... But most people have that and MS can't really stop you at this stage anyway...


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