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Linux Answers: Review: Phat Linux 3.2

Nov 27, 1999, 18:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Saunders)

"One of the major hurdles for any newcomers attempting to install Linux is the partitioning process. With a whole hard disk devoted to Windows, making space for Linux is often a complex and intimidating task. Many distributors have made efforts to simplify this operation - usually in the form of graphical re-partitioning software. Phat Linux, a single-CD distribution available at www.phatlinux.com, offers an alternative approach by installing itself into a Windows directory. No partitioning is required - the distribution lives in a folder on a Windows drive. This method hasn't been popular among all distributors, though, as using a Windows partition is considerably slower than Linux's standard ext2 format."

"Phat Linux 3.2 is supplied as a Zip archive, ready to be extracted using WinZip or a similar tool. The archive contains a few system files, a huge image file of the working Linux system itself, and a small amount of documentation. This gives a brief overview of the setup process."

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