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NewsForge: Dual-booting W2K and SuSE 9.0 Professional

Dec 18, 2003, 08:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"I got a 'new' used PC recently to use as a test machine. I call it "The Beast" because it's very large and very heavy. The tower case is huge. The Beast has a SCSI controller, which is new ground for me. When you power it on, it searches for strangely-named devices that cause flash-backs to the ide-scsi debates. It has a smallish ten gigabyte IDE disk drive, an ATAPI CD-Rom, a floppy drive, a 700mhz Pentium III, and 256 meg of RAM. It also has a problem. It came with an operating system that has a viral nature. No, I'm not talking about GPL licensing. I mean it came pre-loaded with Windows, which is the official ground zero for Internet infections.

"As luck would have it, neither my evaluation copy of Mepis Linux nor the beta copy of Mandrake Move that I had recently downloaded and burned on my primary desktop would boot on The Beast. My Knoppix CD is a little dated (release 3.3), but at least it booted. So did Phlak, the only other livecd alternative I have available at the moment. But I wasn't in the mood for a livecd, I wanted a permanent Linux installation. I decided to see how SuSE 9.0 Professional would fare in a dual-boot environment on The Beast, using the 5 CD set I had recently downloaded and burned..."

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