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NT & Linux

OK, I got a new PC at work, installed NT, and will soon install Linux as
soon as my CD's arrive from Infomagic. I've got a question regarding
multiple boot.

I've got two hard drives, and plan on putting Linux on the first partition
of the second drive. Not knowing exacly how the NT multiple boot loader
would do this, I started digging around. 

I found some doc on boot.ini and the whole NT boot process. Then found this
in the NT Resource guide:

"UNIX cannot be an alternate operating system; only MS-DOS and OS/2 can be
used as alternates."

Hmmmm, is this really true?

The way I imagined booting Linux was to have the NT boot manager start LILO
on the second drive, which would then boot Linux. Sound OK? Or, am I just
going to have to boot Linux from a floppy? Welsh's "Running Linux" said
things may be a bit tricky with OS/2 and NT and gave a few hints.

Right now as a test, I'm just trying to use the NT boot manager to boot DOS
on the second drive, and am not doing real great. The second drive is
formatted with DOS boot files, but the system just crashes when I direct the
boot manager to boot from the second drive. I'm missing a file named
bootsect.dos and am trying to find it now. The resource guide says
bootsect.dos is needed to boot an alternate OS, even if the OS isn't DOS.

Any insights?


Dan Murphy

Dan Murphy                 murph at
Vmark Software             74260.3322 at
Westboro, MA

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