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Linux Journal: Linux for the Timid, Part 1

May 13, 2000, 14:29 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

"I'm not going to go over muLinux here (I talked about it last week, but this is different - trust me), but I did want to point out a feature that could have great appeal: muLinux will run on a UMSDOS file system as well. Simply said, you can run muLinux on your Windows 9x workstation without uninstalling Windows or creating a special partition for the OS to run. The quick-and-dirty definition of UMSDOS is this: UMSDOS is a Linux file system that can live on a DOS partition."

"To get your muLinux running on a DOS partition, here's what you do. Start by booting from your muLinux diskette. Let the system come up normally, and insert whatever diskettes you have configured as part of your install. If you remember, I used all seven diskettes for my little distribution. When the system comes up, log in as root and type this command:

You will then get a menu offering three different methods of moving your muLinux distribution to a hard disk. The first is UMSDOS. This is completely non-destructive, and can easily be removed from your hard disk at a later time, if you want, using DELTREE. The second is an ext2 file system install, which requires repartitioning your drive. This is not what you want to do if you are counting yourself among the timid; it is destructive. It is the same type of install you would do with a major distribution such as Caldera or Debian. The third is a loop device install, which is a single large file residing on DOS and nowhere near as flexible as the first option."

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