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Linux Gazette: Booting Linux from the NT Boot Menu

Jan 28, 2001, 16:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pradeep Padala)

"Why an article on Linux in an NT boot menu? We have HOWTOs, don't we? The HOWTOs give step by step instructions, but unfortunately they don't provide everything we want. They are geared towards people who are new to Linux and are very good at explaining things to newbies. But when it comes to doing something out of the ordinary, we're stuck. This article is a meant to fill that void."

"To start with one, day I got the crazy idea that it would be nice to have a single boot loader to boot everything from one manager instead of having both a LILO and an NT boot manager. So which manager should I choose? I chose NT boot manager because when we install LILO and boot NT from it, NT still presents its own boot menu and it's annoying enough to need to be asked two times to boot the right operating system . So I thought of removing LILO and using NT loader to present a nice menu for booting all the operating systems I have. Okay then, How do we do it? I searched through the HOWTOs. The mini HOWTO HOWTO NT OS Loader + Linux mini-HOWTO gives a good overview of the process. But unfortunately my brain couldn't grasp the concept. As a result, when I first followed the steps I got an unusable system. After 3 days of hard work and rebooting and fiddling with an unusable system 3 times, concepts began to become clear."

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