: I recently purchased the Linux Slackware CD-ROM from Walnet Creek and look
: forward to trying it, but before that I wanted to make sure I understood
: what to do.
: It says in the brief description that this version can be loaded in a DOS
: partition with DOS coresident. At least that's what I gathered from the
: description. Is this true? What are the advantages/disadvantages? Can
: anyone point me to a FAQ sheet or instructions anywhere that can further
: enlighten me?
Yes, it is true. Using UMSDOS, Linux can inhabit a single subdirectory
tree on your MSDOS-formatted hard drive (for instance, C:\LINUX or
something.) The advantage of this method is that you will not have to
repartition your hard disk to install Linux, as this is a painful
procedure that often necessitates copying your data off your hard drive
and back onto it afterward. The disadvantage of this method is that disk
access under Linux will be slower. Also, there is some paranoia about
defragging a DOS partition with Linux installed onto it, although I'm not
sure whether this is justified or simply a net.rumor.
If repartitioning your disk is going to be a problem (if, for instance,
you don't have a tape drive), I would recommend making a small initial
installation of Linux under UMSDOS to see how you like it. If you like
the results, repartition the disk and reinstall Linux on its own partition.
For further information, see the Linux Documentation Project web page at
: Howard Honig
: Hewlett-Packard Company
: Phone: (503) 750-2555 direct
: FAX: (503) 752-7811