I'm about to acquire a new machine, and would like to put a fairly small
Linux installation on it. I've been perusing the various HOWTOs with
interest, and just thought I'd check a few things here which I'm not
entirely sure on.
It looks like a lilo boot system would require the linux partition to be
inside the first 500 Mb of disk space, which would be a pain, since I only
really want to devote 500 Mb or so to Linux (the Win95 side is going to be
used solely for games, of course, but the footprint on games these days is
First 500 Mb: Win95 boot partition
Second 500 Mb: Linux primary and swap
Last few Gb: Win95 secondary partition.
However, I was hoping to do something more like this:
First few Gb: Win 95
Last 500 Mb: Linux bits and pieces.
Now I understand than lilo can't do this, but if I built a Linux boot
diskette, could that then kickstart the second system?
The reason I don't really want to split the Win95 partition is because the
last time I was using PC's, they made a lot of assumptions about drive
structure (ie one main drive on C:, CD-ROM on D:) and I saw a few games
fail due to unusual partitioning. Or is this less of a problem these days?
The other thing, of course, is that I can easily imagine a Win95 + DirectX
+ other MS Bloat > 500 Mb, which could be painful.
If I've missed something obvious, or if my presuppositions are flawed,
please beat me around the head with a rolled up HOWTO!
ObDisclaimer: This is all my own work. LLP Limited would
almost certainly protest complete ignorance, if they knew
about it, which they don't. Okay? :)