Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Feb 2008 22:18 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The Ubuntu development community has announced that the fifth Ubuntu 8.04 prerelease is now available for testing. Ubuntu 8.04 alpha 5 adds additional polish and reliability as well as a few intriguing new features. The official release of Ubuntu 8.04, codenamed Hardy Heron, is scheduled for late April and feature freeze is already in effect. One of the most significant new features added in alpha 5 is support for Wubi, a new installation mechanism that makes it easier for Ubuntu and Windows to coexist on the same computer. Wubi provides a complete Ubuntu installer that can be run in Windows from the Ubuntu Live CD. It installs Ubuntu into a folder on the Windows file system and sets up a boot menu so that users can choose between Windows and Ubuntu when the computer starts." My take: The Linux world is playing catch-up to the BeOS world, I see?
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This isn't catch-up...
by eekee on Sun 24th Feb 2008 23:51 UTC
eekee
Member since:
2007-12-17

...this is the Doctor's 3rd incarnation! ;)

You might want to look up the old UMSDOS filesystem for Linux, there was a time when you could install Linux onto any DOS or Windows disk quite happily. I actually thought -- and hoped -- that it would get really popular, but it seems to have died out until now. I guess the difficulty of making a safe, full-featured NTFS driver put the idea on ice until now.

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RE: This isn't catch-up...
by jaypee on Mon 25th Feb 2008 03:45 in reply to "This isn't catch-up..."
jaypee Member since:
2005-07-28

I'm glad you stated this. I remember being able to do this with Mandrake (around 6.0 or 6.1, I believe).

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RE[2]: This isn't catch-up...
by danieldk on Mon 25th Feb 2008 05:17 in reply to "RE: This isn't catch-up..."
danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

You could even do that a lot earlier than that Mandrake version. The very first versions of Slackware (at least 2.0) included support for installing on FAT filesystems per UMSDOS. The loadlin bootloader allowed users to boot Linux from DOS.

So, in reality BeOS caught up with what Linux could do for years.

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