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Re: [vox-tech] multiple OS's on one computer

on Tue, Jul 27, 2004 at 12:12:40PM -0700, Peter Jay Salzman (p@dirac.org) wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm planning a system that has a few different Linux distros that I want
> to try, in addition to Debian.  Seems like a good thing to have separate
> partitions to share between them.  First order approximation was:
>    /home
>    /usr/local
>    /boot

Note that if you share /boot, you'll want to manage kernels from only
one OS.

Another option is to use UML to boot different distros, also avoiding
the need to reboot.

Depending on finances, an 80 - 300GB drive can be had for a $100+,
and should avoid the need to reboot while providing an adequate (6-10
GB) allocation per distro for a pretty full-fleged install.  Handle the
systems as images.

You can use networking to access other drives (/home, /usr/local) from
the UML systems.
> Lastly, I was toying around with the idea of installing bona-fide DOS
> onto a partition to do some debugging of DOSEMU.

Not necessary.

Dosemu works on a virtual partition which can simply be a directory
tree.  I've got a few apps installed under same.  And yes, they install
just fine.

DOSEMU's a little squirrley with perms between privileged and
nonpriveleged users, but mostly works.  I find the FreeDOS install works
better than alternatives (I've failed to get either MSDOS 6.x or DrDOS
> [1] At work, I have to use Outlook, and I'm absolutely miserable.  

Hrm.  Feature?  Bug?  ....

> So miserable that sometimes I'll open up gvim, compose my message, and
> cut and paste into Outlook.
> As an act of desperation, I did a Google search for "vim Outlook" and
> found there's some kind of plugin for Outlook that gives you a vimish
> editor to work with.  Definitely on my list of things to do.

Depending on how your Exchange server's set up, you can access it via
POP3 and/or IMAP.  This should allow you to use the Linux mailer of your
picking.  The tough part is tracking down your user authentication.


...I haven't worked out the IMAP config yet, but am using mutt at work.

> -- 
> In theory, theory and practise are the same.  In practise, they aren't.

...and in the US, it's "practice".


Karsten M. Self <karsten@linuxmafia.com>        http://linuxmafia.com/~karsten
    Ceterum censeo, Caldera delenda est.
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