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Old 01-25-2002
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I have 6 extra hard drives and want to install them in my boxes and run UNIX, LINUX andyes M$ Winblows. How do I make it so i have the choice of which HD to boot from? Also, which UNIX distribution should i run to get aquainted with it, and wheres the best place to get it? Thank you very much if you replied. Can't wait to learn it.

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Old 01-25-2002
Asking which Unix (should I learn / use / buy ) is a bit like asking which car is the best: Everyone has their own opinion, and none of them are really right.

Most "free" distributions of Unix (Linux, BSD, etc...) have some sort of multi-boot loader avalable with them. Linux has several that work pretty well, once you get the config just right.

If you really want 3 different OS's, MY opinion would be Linux, FreeBSD, and Windows.

"Unix" as a product died years ago - now it's generally acceptable to call a Unix-like OS Unix, so technically Linux and FreeBSD are both Unix.

Have fun!
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Old 01-25-2002
LivinFree is exactly right.. the options are endless, but just about any brand of Linux you buy today will come with a boot loader (LILO/GRUB) which will be installed with the OS... It should recognize your other OSes on the other drives and do the work for you..

Personally, I don't know why you'd want two different brands of Unix (Linux=Unix as LivinFree stated) so I'd personally just stick with a version of windows and maybe Mandrake or Red Hat or even FreeBSD.

That's just my opinons.
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Old 01-25-2002
we'll ive got this configuration on one machine, just to try things out:

Solaris 8 (
FreeBSD 4.4 (
Slackware 8 (
Win 2k

It works just fine, i installed it on 4 different partitions of one drive, after that i installed a freeware boot-loader and it worked out just fine.

The taste of *nix you want is like said above, it's like a car. Personally i don't like windows, it's like driving in a brand new ferrari with a fiat motor. So a nix version is beter in my case.....

if you wan't to learn a unix taste e.g. freebsd there are a lot of books which can help you, or

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Old 01-26-2002
For multi-booting you can use LILO (with Linux), NT Loader (with NT) or a third party utility.

I have used SystemCommander in the past with great success.


A friend gave me a 2 gig SCSI drive with a 2940UW/W controller. I put it into my machine and booted. SystemCommander automatically recognized that the new drive had UnixWare and automatically setup a boot icon in the selection menu. I was quite happy with the results.

These days, I just use removable IDE trays on my machines. I can get them at the Saturday Sale in Dallas for $10 for tray and 5 1/2 inch bay. I just swap the HDs and reboot.

It also helps when somebody else brings over a HD that I need to retrieve data from. I put it into a tray and reboot and can access data.

Most excellent!
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Old 01-29-2002
Thanks guys, I'll get right to work! Onward to information!
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