If I got another hard drive how would you dual boot with windows 98 on one
and linux on the other?
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Have any of you had and bad/good experiences with building a Linux
Workstation using any of the following motherboards ?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Garry Konings [mailto:Garry.Konings@nz.logical.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, 30 September 2003 18:41
> To: Lindsay Druett
> Subject: RE: Motherboards et al
> Thanks Lindsay
> I have been looking at some Intel P4 MoBO options:-
> Gigabyte GA-8IK1100
> Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000
> Gigabyte GA-8INXP
> Asus P4S8X
> Asus P4C800 Deluxe, or P4C800-E Deluxe
> Abit IC7, or IC7-G
> Intel 865PERLL
> AOpen AX4SPE
> Anybody you know used any of these for Linux before? Which distro?
The new linux kernel stable branch, 2.6.0, is nearly here. It is
currently in the 2.6.0-test stage. I've been running a 2.6.0 test kernel
on and off for a couple of weeks now, and thought I'd mention it on list
to encourage those who feel up to it to try it out.
Some new features that I've noticed:
* Crypto API support, for encrypted filesystems and IPSec
* /sys filesystem - like the contents of /proc/sys
* Much better ACPI support
* STCP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol)
* Improved networkin
* IPv6, netfilter for IPv6
* netfilter for bridges?
* ALSA sound drivers have been merged
* ext2 / ext3 extended attribute and ACL support
* (I think) better firewire / usb2 support
* ATAPI cdwriting - no need for scsi emulation any more
There's a whole lot more too, i'm sure -thats just what I can remember.
It seems stable, although I have odd things happen every now and then
(like, a segmentation fault when rmmod'ing a module - all subsequent
module operations (lsmod, rmmod, modprobe) lock up. reboot needed.
oops). Certainly, once the test kernels have finished and 2.6.0 is
declared "stable", this should be a good kernel.
On my gentoo box, the only thing I needed to upgrade was modutils. Your
mileage may vary for other distros, so make sure to read the kernel
changelog and update any packages required! I think some distros (RedHat
?) have binary kernel targets for 2.6.0 already
The latest version is now out. I'm thinking about subscribing to
support my favourite linux distro: approx US$35 per release (includes
postage) - 1 or 2 releases per year. If anyone wants to share in the
subscription, please mail me offlist.
Cheers, Sid Swami.
It's been a while since I've played with it but Peanut linux may do the
job. Can be installed on an existing windows partition
Jodi W. Anderson, Mr (BA, A+, MCP) - Computer Systems Consultant
Waikato University Library - Computing Operations Group
Ph: +64 7 838 4323
"Right now I'm having amnesia and deja vu at the same time. I think I've
forgotten this before."
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John R. McPherson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Friday, 26 September 2003 1:10 p.m.
> To: wlug
> Subject: Re: [wlug] linux within windows
> On Fri, Sep 26, 2003 at 01:05:35PM +1200, David Nicholls wrote:
> > Basically my problem is this:
> > I have an academic who is running win2k. He also has just
> purchased a
> > scientific program that runs in linux. However he also
> does not want
> > to have to dual-boot or purchase anthing more. Thinking
> along these
> > lines
> > as far as both he and I could remember, mandrake allowed
> you to create
> > an image that you could load to from within windows and was doing a
> > lot of marketing on this ability a while back. I haven't seen
> > anything more about this on their site, so I don't know about this
> > anymore. In the end I just need to know if it can be done
> with any of
> > the distros rather than a VM of some sort.
> Ah, academics eh?
> an early way to run linux was to run it from dos, using the
> loadlin.exe program. However, that is pretty much equivalent
> to dual booting.
> I would suggest that he runs the linux software remotely on
> linux machine and use an X server for windows to access the
> remote machine and view the result.
> The cygwin xfree86 port works very well.
Basically my problem is this:
I have an academic who is running win2k. He also has just purchased a
scientific program that runs in linux. However he also does not want to
have to dual-boot or purchase anthing more. Thinking along these lines
as far as both he and I could remember, mandrake allowed you to create
an image that you could load to from within windows and was doing a lot
of marketing on this ability a while back. I haven't seen anything more
about this on their site, so I don't know about this anymore.
In the end I just need to know if it can be done with any of the distros
rather than a VM of some sort.
Sent: Friday, 26 September 2003 12:51 pm
If you want a real virtual machine that allows you to install anything
you might want to look at something like VMware. It's not free in any
sense of the word but it works really well and allows you to play with a
lot more than just linux. You can download a 30 day evaluation copy from
I have a question as a follow on from my mandrake one... Is there any
distro that can be installed into an image within windows and then run
like an emulator I guess.
Ie run it and it opens up the image of a linux drive from within
windows, you have your filesystem/partitions created etc. all within the
Hope this makes sense.
I ran the yoper installation disk last night.... it's not to bad. But I
can't seem to get the sound card to work .... it says its not configured.
how do you configure it? (sound blaster live 5.1). and cd won't mount with
an audio cd in it.
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I have a scientific visualisation app (cgui from
http://www.bioeng.auckland.ac.nz ) that I have tested on 3 different
machines and I have found that the graphics performance is opposite to
what I expected. I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers
about how to figure out what might be causing the slowness on 2 of the
The machines are:
1. Compaq Presario 2100 series laptop. Athlon XP 2400, 512Mb Ram, Ati
Radeon IGP320M. The accelerated features of this graphics chipset are
not supported by XFree86.
2. PC with AMD Duron 900 + Matrox GA400 graphics adpator.
3. PC with Athon XP 1800, running Xvnc 3.3.6. Viewed across 100 Mbit
ethernet from vncviewer on Windows.
The thing that is confusing me is that when viewing a shaded bezier
surface the best performance is on machine 3 - using vnc. I would have
expected machine 1 at least to have equivalent performance to machine 3
given that the rendering is being done in software in both cases. But it
is noticably a lot slower on machine 1, any ideas why that might be?
I haven't done any framerate measurements, the "test" I used was to load
a human torso model and rotate it with the mouse.
Machine 2 was the slowest at this task, so apparently there is no
hardware support for shading in the mga driver or the driver doesn't
like my hardware. Machine 2 does however run glxgears the fastest.
Any suggestions appreciated.
Glenn Ramsey <glenn(a)componic.co.nz> 07 8627077