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    to Mr. 'babbing' - FAT32 / NTSF for Linux?

    I'm posting this for Hannibal who may have a different forum name if any. This was posted in the news section on GLO.

    I read a reply from you about Dual boot of XP and Mandrake...There you wrote about FAT32 and NTSF. So I thought I ask you // or anyone else who might be reading this... I have WinXP on FAT32 and would like to install Redhat 9.0, and my question is: FAT32 or NTSF to use for Linux? And would like to be able to access my documents from XP in Linux, so what file system should be most proper (if possible, also access docs on Linux from XP)? Finally, I've heard that XP bootloader is great, and so I'm affraid of losing it when installing Redhat. But is the XP bootloader really better than any on Redhat? Please advice me.
    My advise is to stick with FAT32 since it can be written to, and read from in Linux. NTFS can only be read from at the moment. Also if you want to be able to access Linux documents from within Win32, then you'll probably want to use the ext2fs filesystem. It's the only one I know that has utilites for Win32 that lets you do this. Perhaps someone else on this forum might know of something for the other filesystems. Last but not least, the boot loader. Well LiLo, and Grub both seem to offer everything the Win32 boot loader has so I don't see much of a problem with using the Linux loader..
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    Re:to Mr. 'babbing' - FAT32 / NTSF for Linux?

    You have covered this pretty well. A couple of side notes to add are-

    Grub is more convenient, but the syntax may be confusing for people how are new

    Does the 2.6 kernel branch have better write support? i am a bit hazy on it, but i don't remember seeing a warning near it when i rolled my last kernel.

    good luck,


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