"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."