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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 10:34 am 
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Is there an easy/noob way to cross format programs from Windows to Linux? I'm new to the Alt. OS thing, so I'm not even sure if I have to cross format, but it would be nice to know. I'm planing on doing a dual boot system with linux and windows xp. Possible or inplausable? I just want an OS that doesnt suck as bad as Windows does.


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Just about any Linux OS can be run in Dual Boot with Windows XP pro.

I myself ran a dual boot for a couple months using Slackware 10 and XP Pro, all until I reinstalled Windows, which deleted my Lilo boot menu. :(

I still have the OS sitting on the HD, but I can't get to it right now. I probably could if I wanted to, but I was loosing to many points with FAH using a dual boot. I play a lot of games that I haven't figured out how to run in Linux, and I use a lot of photo editing and DVD video creation softare that's not Linux friendly.

So, I keep one machine XP Pro 24/7 and one machine Linux 24/7. Seems to work out better.

Dan O.


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You can dual boot without an issue there. The bootloader should handle everything for you.

Not sure what you're asking with cross formating programs though. Are you talking running windows apps within linux, in which case you'll be looking at using wine and crossing your fingers or using something like vmware, or doing something else??


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 Post subject: Re: Cross formating programs
PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2004 1:48 pm 
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WhiteRabbit22 wrote:
Is there an easy/noob way to cross format programs from Windows to Linux? I'm new to the Alt. OS thing, so I'm not even sure if I have to cross format, but it would be nice to know. I'm planing on doing a dual boot system with linux and windows xp. Possible or inplausable? I just want an OS that doesnt suck as bad as Windows does.



You can dual boot, definitely. If Windows XP is on an NTFS partition, you need to partition your drive before you install Linux as that NTFS support is a tad shoddy in Linux. Use a program like Partition Magic or if you're planning to install Linux after a fresh install of Windows, that'll work just fine.

Anyhow, have fun, I jumped into the Linux bandwagon not too long ago myself, and have had so much fun since! If you're wanting to take it easy, SuSE, Mandrake, or even Fedora (Fedora is the least of my faves, SuSE is #1, and Mandrake is #2) are great distros for the ultimate Linux freshman. If you want to use a real distro, Gentoo or Slack will do it for ya. ;)


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