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Old 11-13-2003, 01:11 AM   #1
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I have Mandrake 8.2 and I want to install it on Windows XP (in a directory). In the documentation it says that I can install it with lnx4win but it doesn't find it on the disk ?!?!?! Why, I don't know and I have it full (3 CD). Could you help me find it? Thank you.
Old 11-13-2003, 02:35 AM   #2
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Well, the only thing like that that I have heard of is "Win4lin", but that's a proprietary system.

So, apart from advising you to upgrade your mandrake - 9.2 is now available, making your 8.2 about 4 versions old - if you follow links to this page follow the instructions carefully (including selecting the OS version number - just in case 8.2 is a typo) and then complete the instructions.

That should enable you to search through many categories to see if it's ever been available from either mandrake themselves, or from a contrib source like the plf or texstar.

Hope this helps


Old 11-13-2003, 09:14 AM   #3
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I would really recommend to use a partition manager, and install Linux on a different partition. Mandrake will install a boot manager, like grub or lilo that lets you choose which Operating System you want to start.

If you want to work with Windows XP all the time, and just play a little with Mandrake, you could use VMWare, but imho you need to 'really' work with Linux to learn it.
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I would agree that if you install Mandrake, it should be on a different partition. Most systems come with Windoze XPee installed on an NTFS partition. NTFS support is still in its infancy in Linux. You would need to convert your NTFS partition to a FAT32 in order to install Mandrake. Otherwise Mandrake will have problems writing to where it is. If you goal is to have an operational Linux on a part-time basis, you might be better off with the latest Knoppix distribution (runs as a bootable CD) and just reserve a small FAT32 partition to store your User data.

What I used to do when I ran Windoze and Linux at home is that I ran the OSes with removeable HDs... That got to be tedious, so I switched in my new machine to permanent Drives and just reserved a small drive for my old Windoze 98 data. Then I try to run stuff saved there through WineX.

However, if you need true interoperability, your better off with duel booting. It's more reliable. Just be sure to create a rescue disk with your bootloader info backed up.


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