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Linux Information
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Troubleshooting

Linux Information

Linux is a UNIX-like kernel developed by Linus Torvalds. It has been ported to almost every modern computer system, but the x86 version is the most popular. There are dozens of Linux “distributions” including RedHat, Mandrake, TurboLinux, and Caldera. Each one is a little different — especially the installation procedure.

Linux Installation & Tips

Most current Linux distributions come on bootable CDs that auto-launch into a graphical installation/setup program. For these distributions, installation on Virtual PC is especially easy. Simply create a new virtual machine, insert the main disc into the CD drive, and start up the newly-created PC.

If Virtual PC fails to boot from the CD, you probably need to create a Linux boot disk. Boot into DOS and use the utility program included on most Linux distribution discs to create a boot floppy. I recommend creating a floppy image (using the Virtual Disk Wizard) rather than using a real floppy.

Troubleshooting

If you run into specific problems running Linux on Virtual PC, let us know here. We’ll try to help you with your problem and post your question and answer here.

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