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Old 09-18-2003, 08:17 PM   #1
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Angry win xp screwing with linux sys files!

I have heard that win xp will connect to the internet and then the website will destroy the files that make linux run. Is this just a rumor?

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Old 09-18-2003, 10:41 PM   #2
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Well, MS believes there should be no other filesystems than Windows-flavored. If Windows could see any other filesystems, they would not only be condoning, but supporting dual-booting. Das is verboten.

About the only way XP could do anything to Linux would be to either reclaim the MBR, or destroy the Linux partition outright. To do that would run the risk of harming the Windows partition. Not only would this be bad for Windows, it would be bad for MS by leading to lawsuits in this litigious-crazy country.
Old 09-18-2003, 10:47 PM   #3
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I have 2 XP dual boots and they are fine. This is crap. Windows will overwrite the mbr if you install it 2nd but that is not much of a problem.
Old 09-19-2003, 01:14 AM   #4
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these are just rumors.. we use dual boots all the time and nothing has happened.. MS does nothing to the dual boots..

what MS does when u connect thru inet is check the pirated copies of windows and if found, it starts destroying them by sending codes which slow down the system so much that evantually u just have to reload the OS .. (this might be another rumor)
Old 09-19-2003, 02:21 AM   #5
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are you sure, you didn't mistake the ms xbox patch that will fix the bug that allowed linux apps to run on the xbox through their xbox update service that automatically connects you to when you connect to an xbox server? as far as i know, that is true.
Old 09-20-2003, 12:16 AM   #6
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Nope... just rumors...
Win XP, can't even have acces to the Linux Partitions correctly.
The only thing it can do is kick the lilo boot of your MBR...

You should install WinXP first and after that Linux, so you can have the lilo boot with no problem, otherwise you'll have to boot trough a floppy and modify it...

So... the truth is that: Windows is the one that really is doing some damage to linux...
hummm.... interesting....
Old 09-20-2003, 07:16 AM   #7
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Ahhh.... I have a 3rd party utility that allows XP to read and write to my ext2/3 partitions from NTFS.

It could screw up the Linux side because it mounts the Linux partitons as the D:\

When I forget to unmount Linux after working on it from Windows I find some interesting things written to /. Sometimes it's new temp directory, sometimes is gibberish. I can't see them from Windows with the setting I have on, but when I reboot into RH 8.0, they're there.

So..... if you were using this utility and certain circumstances arise.... something could get screwed up.

Most likely you don't have to worry about it... I do though.


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