I'm going to put my comments inline instead since they're easier to read in context then out.
On 9/14/05, andy <
So here's the plan:
1. install some distribution* in a partition(s) in the usual
dual-boot way on my daughter's w2k machine.
2. modify that system so it will run boot-alone
or with co-linux (w2k) (sounds easy - have two /etc dirs and
a symlink) on that sytem.
3. take an image of that. I can plug in an external disk
with a choice of filesystems and boot say from knoppix cd
or any unix on there to do that. BUT - I don't know how to
make an image file - can anyone advise ?
Easily done. Mount your NT partition through samba, and run dd. An example would be:
dd if=/dev/cobd0 of=/mnt/disk.image
where /mnt is the mount point of your samba share (if you're saving the
image to a FAT32 partition, then mount that partition directly.)
4. copy that image to my machine (xp home with ntfs)
and run that image with colinux.
a) For the linux-in-a-partition that also runs with CL on
w2k is there a size limit - does that partition have
to be <= 4G to run with CL w2k ? (that would be a shame).
No. This 4gig file limit only applies to FAT32, AFAIK. Even NTFS can
work with images larger than 4gig (I've run 6 gig images before). Also,
if you're running FAT32 on a colinux system, you can get around this 2
gig limit by using RAID devices if disk size is upmost importance (and
you don't want to mount a crapload of 2 gig files). Using RAID5 or
RAID0 should be optimal (in fact, you don't need RAID5 when all the
images aer on the same disk *anyways*).
b) how do I make the image file from that partition ?
Answer given above.
For various reasons repartitioning the xp machine is out
so I must run with an image-in-a-file on there. Doing
the operation this way will help me figure out a few useful
things that everyone who doesn't want to depend on paying
someone to recover data should know. I don't need help with
how to copy files around across the different file systems -
I always keep a few linuxes around and run an fc3 server and
taught unix for a few years a few years ago.
Often, this is the problem with a lot of colinux users (I.E. unable to
partition their system to accomidate a linux partition). The other big
one is the inability to gain administrator on their system. I'm going
to ahve to play some more with this, since I think this will prohibit
colinux from running at all (RING0 mode requires admin privs, I think).
maybe fc - using it
on some machines but displeased with its user-maintainability
- recommendations pls to be up 2 date)
I've used FC3 and FC4 before (and FC1 as well)... and while I like its
setup (apt-get with rpms is nice), I don't like its support (I.E.
lack of packages for current software). They've gotten better with FC4,
but FC4 doesn't support apt-get for some reason, and you have to use
yum (not that I have anything against yum, it works quite well, but I'm
just a die-hard apt-get user, I hate to switch).