The Multi-boot Configuration Handbook

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Que Publishing, 2000 - Computers - 640 pages

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
Overview
3
Network Access
4
Overview
7
The Trials and Triumphs of a MultiOS Computer
9
Avoiding Potholes on the Road to Multi
14
The EightOS Computer
21
Operating Systems for x86 Hardware in 2000
27
Summary
238
Installing Specific Operating Systems
241
Linux
256
Summary
262
Finding Help
263
The Internet
279
Local User Groups
292
Data Exchange
295

and 98
33
OS2
40
Linux
50
The BSD Variants
56
Summary
62
The Boot Process
63
Its Limits and Capabilities
65
AddOn Card BIOSs
72
The Handoff to the OS
82
Simple and Complex
85
SingleOS Boot Loaders
92
Commander
107
Partitioning and Partition Management
111
Hard Disk Partition Basics
113
Filesystem Codes
130
Tools for Disk Partitioning
133
OS2s FDISK
143
PartitionMagic
151
Partition Formatting
157
Tips for Optimizing System Performance
163
Splitting OSs Across Multiple Hard
172
Summary
179
Modifying Partitions After the Fact
181
Converting a Partition from One OS
189
Summary
207
operating system installation
209
The OS Installation Checklist
211
How Great a Leap Is It to
219
Preparing Disk Space
230
Filesystems for Assorted OSs
297
FAT and Its Wariants
308
UNIXs FFS
320
Summary
327
Tools for Accessing Foreign Filesystems
329
Foreign NTFS and NTFS 5 0 Support
343
Foreign ext2fs Support
351
Application Data File Formats
357
PlatformLimited File Formats
368
WI Common Configurations and Tools
377
CrossPlatform Utilities
379
NonGNU Open Source Tools
396
CrossPlatform Applications
403
Modifying GUI Look and Feel
427
Summary
448
Emulators
449
Network Access
475
File and Printer Sharing
501
UNIXStyle lpd Printer Sharing
515
Summary
526
Hardware Considerations
527
Finding Drivers
555
Checking for Drivers from the
564
Performing Hardware
571
Preparing a Zoo of OSs for
577
Suggested Sequence of Updates
587
Index
593
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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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