The Multi-boot Configuration Handbook

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Que Publishing, 2000 - Computers - 640 pages
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The Multi-Boot Configuration Handbook provides guidance to installing two or more OSes on a single computer. This book explains why things work the way they do and gives examples of real-world experience in using multiple operating systems in harmony with one another. You'll be able to coax several OSes into coexisting on one computer. You'll also understand something more about the basics of how a PC operates. See how to avoid the frustration of installing multiple operation systems. The Multi-Boot Configuration Handbook provides a guide to the intricacies of installing and maintaining a multi-OS computer.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Operating System
4
Overview
7
The EightOS Computer
21
Operating Systems for x86 Hardware
27
and 98
33
OS2
40
Linux
50
UNIXs FFS
320
Summary
327
Foreign NTFS and NTFS 5 0 Support
343
Foreign ext2fs Support
351
Application Data File
357
PlatformLimited File Formats
368
Common Configurations and Tools
377
NonGNU Open Source Tools
396

The BSD Variants
56
Summary
62
The Boot Process
63
AddOn Card BIOSs
72
The Handoff to the
82
Summary
110
Partitioning and Partition Management
111
Tools for Disk Partitioning
133
Linuxs fdisk
146
Dealing with Large Hard Disks
156
Tips for Optimizing System
163
Splitting OSs Across Multiple Hard
172
Summary
179
Converting a Partition from One OS
189
Summary
207
The OS Installation Checklist
211
Checking Hardware Compatibility
220
Preparing Disk Space
230
Summary
238
Windows NT and Windows 2000
246
Linux
256
Summary
262
The Internet
279
Local User Groups
292
Data Exchange
295
FAT and Its Variants
308
CrossPlatform Applications
403
PDF Readers
409
Using Ghostscript
415
Summary
426
GUI AddOns for OS2
433
The Chameleon
439
Summary
448
Windows Emulators
460
When to Run an Emulator MultiBoot
472
Exchanging Documents via Email
483
Remote GUI Control
493
Summary
500
NFS for UNIXStyle File Sharing
506
UNIXStyle Ipd Printer Sharing
515
Summary
526
j Hardware Considerations
527
OS Memory Requirements
537
CrossPlatform Backup Needs
548
Summary
554
Checking for Drivers from the
564
The Upgrade Process
572
Suggested Sequence of Updates
587
Index
593
200
599
Copyright

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About the author (2000)

Roderick W. Smith has years experience running a wide variety of OSs, often in multiboot configurations. Rod has publications in several computer magazines, most notably, Linux Journal and maintains several Web pages devoted to Linux and OS/2. He is the author of Special Edition Using Corel WordPerfect 8 for Linux and The Multi-Boot Configur ation Handbook published by Que; and Linux: Networking for Your Office published by SAMS. He can be reached via email at http://www.rodsbooks.com/books/.

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