On Thu, 12 Feb 1998 08:57:25 +0000, Martin Waller
> I've got two 3.5GB disks and I want NT 4.0 on one and Linux on the
>other, and ideally a dual boot system.
I've got similar goals and am about to do the same sort of thing. There
are HOWTOs / Mini-HOWTOs on the subject of multi-booting Linux with other
Quote:>1. Am I correct in thinking if I make the boot partition FAT16 I can
>use LILO and dual boot NT and linux?
Which "boot partition"? Linux's? NT's?
In general, when considering multi-booting any two or more MS OSs it's a
good idea to make the first partition of the first disk FAT16 (especially
with NT 4, which can't grok FAT32, and with only read-only NTFS support for
Win95 and Linux so far - unless the WinTernals folks have their read/write
However, it's not a _requirement_ that the first partition for NT be FAT16,
and it's definitely not the case that the Linux boot partition must be
Quote:>2. And if I also make a large-ish partition on the NT disk as FAT16
>I can share files between the two?
Yes, Linux can mount FAT16 and VFAT16, and there are patches for Linux
2.0.x FAT32 support (if you decide to try NT 5 / Win98).
Quote:>3. Should I install NT first, then linux, or vice versa?
From what I've read, NT first then Linux. Put LILO on the Linux root
partition (not in the MBR).
Also, FYI, there's a tool for NT called BootPart which makes it possible to
(from within NT) grab the Linux boot sector and add it to NT's boot menu :
To add Linux
For Linux, you must install Lilo at the beginning of the Linux partition
(as with OS/2 boot manager) and then add the Linux partition with BootPart:
When you install Linux or run liloconfig, select "Superblock of the root
linux partition" as location of Lilo. In my sample, this adds the line
"boot=/dev/sdb4" on the file /etc/lilo.conf