> Can someone point me to a web site or newsgroup where I can get
> information on optimizing a system for multiple operations systems.
Check out the Linux+NT mini-Howto, from your local LDP site.
> I have System Commander and I want to install Linux, Windows 98, Windows
> NT4, and a couple of other operating systems on a single system.
I've heard good things about System commander, but used the Power Quest
gear ie Partiton Magic 4, PQ BootMagic.
Currently running Win98/NT 4, BeOS, Redhat6.1 and FreeBSD 3.2 (is this
excesive?...), on the one machine, with two hardrives. One on the Primary
master, hda,(6.4GB) and the second on the secondary master, hdc,(8.4GB)
with the CD-ROM device (bootable) on the primary slave, hdb. Don't
currently have a floppy connected at the moment, with the LS-120 on
secondary slave (hdd) which is the reason why I haven't got Solaris for
intel installed as yet... haven't thought about OS2 ;]
I must first say, the way I went about this, was quick, initially easy, and
workable-'enough'. It is most certainly not the cheapest/best/most
researched way this operation could have been undertaken. In the future I
hope to releave my dependency on commercial software for the Win32
Firstly, I installed Win95. Booting off a Win95floppy, got rid of all my
partions (after a thorough backup), and then made a small (1GB) FAT 16
partition at the start of hda. With this I installed Win95 aka OS 1.
I then installed BeOS. This was my first experience with BeOS, and seeing
I wasn't too worried about losing Win95, I decided to give it a go. The
BeOS CD is bootable, so I just jiggered a bit in my BIOS
boot: CDROM, C, A
and rebooted. <mindless BeOS plug> BeOS's disk/partitioning tools aren't to
bad, and the installation went rather well, </end plug> with a 2GB BeOS
partion after my FAT, with the BeOS boot at this partition. BeOS aka
OS....... 2. (no pun intended)
With this, I installed the latest version of partition magic (4.0), and
PQ Boot. With partition magic, I started carving up the partitions.
hda1 DOS FAT 16 1GB
hda2 BeOS fs 2GB
hda4 unformatted (later to become a BSD partion, / ) 600MB
hda5 Linux (later to become /var) 300MB
hda6 Linux swap 160 MB
hda7 Linux (later to become /boot) 60 MB
hda8 NTFS 2GB
hdc2 unformatted (later to become a BSD partition, /usr/ ) 1.9GB
hdc3 unformatted (later to become a BSD partition, swap) 160MB
hdc4 DOS FAT 16 2GB
hdc5 Linux (later to become /usr/local) 1.6GB
hdc6 Linux (later to become /) 1.9GB
Things to note
The linux boot partion is in the 1024 cylinders of the first drive.
The Free BSD boot partition (/ for my system) is also in the first 1024
cylinders of the first drive.
The NTFS is on the first 7.8GB of the bootable drive.
Don't know if Win9x will have an issue if it's not the first partition.
I then copied the Win98(upgrade only) and WinNT 4 CD's to the dos partition
on the second drive (for convinience, hate having to put the CD in every
day), hdc4 (or D: under dos...x Win95). From there I installed Win98 off
the second hardrive, OS 3, and then WinNT, with it's ever merciless boot
loader, OS 4. After many reboot's, installing of drivers off several CD's
for drivers for my hardware, I was ready to install something descent.
<rant>Note: Linux might not have as much official support as it, as some of
the OS's out there, but having to install specific drivers off about a
dozen CD's!!! I wouldn't call that easy, or more user friendly. I'd rather
hack a kernel, compile it, and then only have to reboot once!</rant>
FreeBSD 3.2 intel CD is bootable, drop it in, and let it go :-). The only
CD's I couldn't boot off were (this is true, and came as quite a shock to
myself...) Win95, 98 and NT 4... reminds me <anonymous sig> " I heard if
you play the Windows NT 4 CD backwards, it plays back Satanic messages!".
"That's nothing. I heard if you play it forward, it installs windows NT
4!!!!!!!" </sig> (and boy!, wasn't NT 3.51 great.... cough, cough )
Free BSD is more unix-lke with it's install, like debian, so if your a
newbie, you want to take things slowly with freeBSD, and read all the
installation screens very carefully ( like I didn't the first time I
installed it, but made sure I did the second time round...). OS 5.
Ahhhh.... Linux time..... Win9x/NT, most people are familiar with, BeOS
looks pretty, FreeBSD looks solid, complete, and something I'd like to get
into one day, but Linux, has charisma, and a nice homely feeling about it.
Installing RedHat 6.1 wasn't to much trouble, make sure, you've made sure,
that you don't install the LILO in the MBR, or you'll have to reinstall/(or
be a smarter person then me! easily enough done). OS 6, but by my personal
opinion, OS no 1. (for me anyway, cheers to you if you disagree, 'why not
flame you house? ;-P ')
I then went back into windows, setup PQ boot magic up, wrote it to the MBR,
All up, took about five hours, installing the OS's (and the *y Win9x/NT
drivers, probably the longest part), and, it's a success! BTW, get a copy
of VMware, and you won't have to reboot to use Win9x/NT.
Quote:> I'd like some information on what the best way is to go about it
> (partitioning hints, special settings, etc.).
Hope my example helps, or offers food for thought anyway. After looking at
what I've written, I'm sure it's not the best way to go about this, but
since my RSI is getting to me, I think I'll let someone else fill you in
on my short comings.