OT booting Linux from within XP ?

Matthew Palmer mpalmer at hezmatt.org
Tue Nov 29 01:49:08 UTC 2005

On Mon, Nov 28, 2005 at 09:06:48PM +0000, dave s wrote:
> Hi all,
> I know this is OT but work has just allocated me a very locked down Laptop. I 
> cannot boot from a CD (Thinking knoppix) I am not sure I want to go down the 
> cygwin route. I read somewhere you can boot linux from a file within 
> windows ?
> Am I loosing the plot or is there a way ?

I recall, way back in the days of old, that there was a way to boot a Linux
kernel from within Windows (95 or so).  That is likely to have been a dodgy
hack made possible by the atrocious nature of memory management in those old
versions of Windows.  I haven't heard of the technique in years, so I
imagine it died out some time ago.

What you can do is run VMWare (costs) or qemu (free) on your Windows machine
and run Linux inside that.  Qemu, at least, isn't blazingly fast, but it'll
be enough to sate your appetite for a decent command line, at least.  <grin>

- Matt
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