> Hi folks. Newbie questions (I've searched the archives but perhaps
> missed the answers).
> Goal: Install Red Hat 9 on 4 GB slave drive (FAT 32 formatted, empty) in
> system with Windows 98 SE on 3 GB master; switch BIOS to boot from second
> hard drive with GRUB only on slave controlling which operating system
> Will this work? If the master fails will Red Hat still boot or is there
> a simple way to recover and get Red Hat to boot from the then single 4 GB
> hard drive? Suggestions, given that the above would be my preferred
> approach, if possible?
> The rest can be skipped or read as you prefer.
> Background (off-topic can be moved wherever you suggest or e-mail; any
> questions are fine):
> The target system is my wife's computer. She's willing to try Red Hat (I
> think Linux would serve her better on her older IBM/CYRIX 266 and I would
> like to learn) but I would trust the 4 GB hard drive over the 3 GB which
> has been exhibiting symptoms of eventual failure. All data is backed up
> so failure of Windows drive can be recovered from. $ is limited so
> existing hardware is it, for now. Worst case, her backup data can be
> recovered to my Windows XP machine for her use. If the master fails
> after she has become familiar with Red Hat Linux and the software,
> staying with just Linux would be fine for her. Both machines are
> networked on a home router. I cannot physically access her computer but
> can use VNC. More...
> I'm sufficiently disabled that I must use speech recognition software for
> dictation and much command and control, so I am stuck with Windows for
> now. However, using VNC I can control everything by voice on a second
> computer running VNC server from my computer (safe enough over LAN). So,
> once Linux is installed on her computer and running VNC server I should
> be able to do pretty much anything, help her learn and myself learn.
> I'll switch to Linux when speech recognition software is available (I
> hope, soon).
> Her system is able to boot from either drive or CD-ROM. ASUS P5ab. 160
> MB RAM, more available if needed.
> My experience: first computer 1982. Stuck with Windows XP but willing to
> experiment using VNC. I don't much care for coding but I'm willing to
> get into scripts etc. as needed. My real programming experience is very
> dated (BASIC, Z80-A assembler, fairly complex DOS batch files, scripts in
> various macro languages). Old dog. :-)
> [Dictated using speech recognition technology. There may be air oars]