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Re: [SLE] Notebook with XP and SuSE
  • From: James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 May 2005 16:29:01 -0400
  • Message-id: <42923D0D.50506@xxxxxxxxxx>
David McMillan wrote:
> James Knott wrote:
>> Ronald Wiplinger wrote:
>>> I want to use a notebook computer with Windows XP and Linux. I need
>>> Windows for Office (including Visio) and Project, while I need for
>>> developing and connection to otherLinux systems.
>>> What is the best setup for that?
>>> Dualboot and vmware?
>> I have that set up on my ThinkPad. Assuming your notebook came with
>> Windows installed, you'll have to shrink the XP partion to make room for
>> your Linux install. Then install SuSE as usual and it will add XP to
>> the boot menu. Also, create a FAT32 partition, for exchanging data
>> between sides. You can move the "My Documents" folder to that
>> partition. You might also want to install OpenOffice & Mozilla on XP.
> Hmmm... if you install, say, Firefox and/or Thunderbird under both
> Win and Suse, can they be set up to use a single shared inbox/bookmark
> directory? It *seems* intuitively obvious, but there always seem to be
> some hidden gotchas.

Yes, you can do that, using symbolic links. The only requirement, is
that both versions point to the same locations. This means you'll have
to move the XP "Documents and Settings" folder to the FAT32 partition
and then create links on the Linux side, to share them. It's tricky,
but can be done. A few years ago, I did something similar, between two
computers, one running OS/2 and the other Linux.

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