Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 10th Apr 2006 21:20 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes There are so many ways to boot alternative OSes to common PCs these days. What's your prefered way? Read for a quick introduction to the most common methods and then let us know about your prefered way of booting alternative OSes to your PC by taking the poll.
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two physical PC + KVM
by nedvis on Mon 10th Apr 2006 22:20 UTC
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There are two computers siting under my desk : one loaded with Windows 2000/SuSE10 and another one with Windows98/Fedora 5.0 interconnected through ( cheap Belkin) KVM switch.
Nothing works better than partitioning hard-disk for dual boot systems ( especially on slower CPU as mine are Celerons 400 and 500 MHz) and where vistualisation is no go.
I agree partitioning might be a tricky for inexperienced users but latest distros are really good at that ( automatic disk partitioning).
As of lately I can see lot of articles talking about virtualisation and/or emulation but I definitely think it's just sign of more profound turbulencies in operating system landscape. People today ( or better yet well informed computer users) are aware of other operating system existence and more open to new chalenges than before. Personal computers are commodity today and something very afordable so no wonder we can see just more and more users who are running two or three computers in their homes.
Some of them are simply reluctant to abandon their good working but technologicaly obsolete OS-es, other are just testing waters with their second operating systems ( Mac,Linux,Unix).

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RE: two physical PC + KVM
by KenJackson on Tue 11th Apr 2006 15:21 in reply to "two physical PC + KVM "
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Yeah! The article didn't give the option of multiple PCs and a KVM switch, but this is my prefered way to boot alternate OSes too.

The main problem with the KVM switch is that none are perfect. I have a mix of Analog and DVI video. And there's one PC with a burned out PS/2 mouse connector, so I have to use a USB mouse on that one PC--that means two mice and I often grab the wrong one.

But by keeping everything separate you are less likely to get in a situation where screwing up one environment impacts another.

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RE: two physical PC + KVM
by KenJackson on Tue 11th Apr 2006 15:23 in reply to "two physical PC + KVM "
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Going one step further, I like to run a VNC servers on everything that runs it. This even obviates the need for the KVM.

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by rcsteiner on Tue 11th Apr 2006 15:55 in reply to "two physical PC + KVM "
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In my case it's a little more extreme -- I have an 8-port KVM with seven boxes currently connected to it running a number of different OSes (OS/2 Warp 4, Windows 2000, Windows 95 OSR2, Windows XP Pro, DSL 2.0, BeOS R5, and Mandrake 8.2). Most of them are using a 250GB Buffalo LinkStation as a common file server.

There's no need to reboot when you can just change the channel. :-)

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