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Old 07-04-2008, 10:03 AM   #1
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Hardy Herron 8.04 -- Can you put GRUB on a floppy or dual boot with DR-DOS?

Background: I have used Dapper Drake (6.06 LTS) for two years. Having used the alternate disk for installation, I put GRUB on a floppy. When I boot up without a floppy I get a dual boot between Windown 98SE and DR-DOS. I am a writer, and there are reasons why I must have a pure (= non-Windows) DOS. (I do all of my serious work in WordPerfect 5.1 and WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS.) This setup is a bit awkward, but works fine. I now have downloaded the latest Hardy Heron alternate install, and have burnt in onto a CD.

Question: Does the Hardy Heron alternate install disk allow me to put GRUB on a floppy (as the Dapper Drake disk did)? I know that it ought to, but I would like to know for sure.

Additional question: I would like to ditch Windown completely and have a dual boot only between Ubuntu and DOS -- either DR-DOS (preferably) or one of the other current DOS distributions. Can this be done without excessive tweaking? This would be an advantage, as I need to buy a new laptop, and the new ones don't come with floppy drives.

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That's a bit hard-core.
Grub will quite happily chainload to damn near anything - I can't understand why you'd want to boot from floppy. But, each to their own.
I have never found a configuration I couldn't boot with grub.

Don't know about Hardy building a floppy - never tried.
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For sure you can. But it is possible that you prefer to use FreeDOS, a free version of DOS. And, why not, may be you prefer to use DOSBox, a DOS console you can run inside Linux.

And, if none of above convinces you, may be you prefer to use an USB stick to boot up instead of a too old floppy drive. And, why not, you can do a 3 possibilities booting GRUB, instead of a chainload boot: M$, DOS and Linux on the same booting list! And forget floppies and USB sticks at booting up your computers.


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