Installing Mandrake from a DOS/Windows partition
For those of us that happen to have a really fast net
connection, downloading GNU/Linux may be faster than waiting for the CD to
come in the mail. For others they may not be able to use their CD-ROM during
install for whatever reason. Here is a short documentation of how to set
up a dual boot Windows and Linux Mandrake system from a Windows partition.
I use Windows 98® and have a FAT-32 partition but
this should work equally well with a FAT-16 partition. Mandrake uses a Red
Hat installer so this process is almost identical to how you would install
Red Hat from a Windows partition. The steps were gleaned from their documentation
and are only reposted here to simplify things.
The first step is to download or copy the dosutils,
images, and Mandrake trees to a directory, I choose 'C:\Linux' but anything
will work. (A list of
Mandrake-Linux FTP mirrors. TB).
Next prepare your system as for any install. If needed
backup your files and partition your disk.
Use the 'rawrite' utility from the 'dosutils' directory to prepare your boot
disk. I used the 'rawritewin' variant that is included but either should
Leave your boot disk in the drive and restart the computer.
(You may have to adjust your BIOS settings to look for bootable media in
the diskette drive. TB)
Begin the installation as normal but choose to install from a Local HD. If
you put the files on the 'C:' drive the default partition to install from
should be correct, if not change it to your drive. Then go below and enter
the directory you used, for me it was '/Linux'.
Then just follow the installation as normal.
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