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How to Multiboot Windows 98, Windows 2000, and Linux Mandrake 7.0 (Page 3/4)

Posted: June 29, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

Installing Linux

At this point approximately 3 GB of the hard drive should be partitioned and in use by Windows. Installing Linux is a breeze for the most part, but if you are uncomfortable with setting it up on your own then I would recommend that you read the How to Install Linux Guide that I wrote. There are a few things that need to be addressed that are different from what is set out in that guide, however.

The first thing would have to be setting up the disk partitions. Using Disk Druid to set up the rest of your system partitions would definitely be advisable at this point. First, you should set up your Linux Native File System partition – it needs to be at least 1.5 GB and should be mounted as [/]. Next, you should set up your Linux Swapfile File System Partition – because Linux uses the swapfile so efficiently, you can probably get away with 128 MB unless you are running a server or otherwise have a large I/O system. After you have set up both of those partitions (they should both be on the first 8 GB of the hard disk – we can’t totally get away from using LILO), go ahead and split up the rest of the HD as you please. I personally have two FAT32 partitions – one for applications and one for games, but you can set it up any way you want (even making another Linux partition if you plan on downloading or installing a lot of other Linux software). Before you leave Disk Druid, however, take a note of the internal Linux name of your [/] drive (ex: hda5). You will need this in a few minutes.

The next thing that you really need to do is make a boot disk for Linux. If you don’t, you are pretty much screwed if you mess stuff up because it is pretty damn close to impossible to recover a Linux installation unless everything goes perfectly. So don’t ask, just do it!

The last thing you will need to do is set up the bootloader (LILO) to point at your mounted HD [/]. That is why you needed to take note of the drive's internal name. This will prevent LILO from overwriting the Master Boot Record but will allow us to boot into Linux once we’ve set up the Win2k Boot Manager up properly. When setting up LILO, it is recommended that you remove any references to Windows from within the loader, because any entries would be more than a bit redundant.

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