I have used loadlin and lilo and pick your flavor as far as what they
do. Loadlin does allow booting with linux beyond the 1024 cylinder mark.
If Win95 and Linux are all you are booting loadlin is safer as it
doesn't muck with boot sectors. (In fact that is why I use loadlin, when
I first started using Linux the guide said loadlin was safer because it
didn't touch your boot sectors) You just have to have the booting image
in the dos partition. I have a directory C:\linux that has loadlin and
bootable images. Plus if you want to test an image , just set another
menu option in dos's config.sys. My config.sys contains:
switches = /f
SHELL=C:\LINUX\LOADLIN1.EXE C:\LINUX\ZIMAGE.MAS ROOT=/DEV/HDB6 RO
SHELL=C:\LINUX\LOADLIN1.EXE C:\LINUX\ZIMAGE.MAS ROOT=/DEV/HDC1 RO
SHELL=C:\LINUX\LOADLIN1.EXE C:\LINUX\ZIMAGE.SND ROOT=/DEV/HDC1 RO
SHELL=C:\LINUX\LOADLIN1.EXE C:\LINUX\HDB6.SND ROOT=/DEV/HDB6 RO
SHELL=C:\LINUX\LOADLIN1.EXE C:\LINUX\ZIMAGE.36 ROOT=/DEV/HDC1 RO
As you can see I have several images for testing and a spare partition I
use for testing new software installations.
> What are the PROs and CONs of LILO and LoadLin on a system with Win9x and
> Linux? I previously had a problem with LILO in MBR when it got corrupted,
> I say this without going into too much of detail. Anyways, I am about to
> give it another try and just wanted to know what resctrictions/limitation
> each of the two boot loader.
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