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New Wave of Linux-Multibooting Capability and its Culpability

Most of the Linux distributions are making a culpable offense by not recognizing other Linux that come from various backgrounds. 

In the beginning the LiLo had problems with booting other Linux distributions.
Then came GRUB it solved most of the booting problems by booting from any partition unlike windows which have to start from the first sector.

Linux guys have not put this weakness of Microsoft to light.

Now is the time to highlight why we give priority to Microsoft.

It is unfair in legal sense and open market economy.

It also should learn how to boot from any sector of choice other than Master Boot Record.

Nobody should give the copyright inheritance of the first sector to any Linux or Microsoft distribution.

It should be with the customer or the user.

It is a monopoly.

Why computer wizard did not expose this weakness to light is my grouse.

They only aggravate the situ by only recognizing windows and dos sometimes and invariably gave Microsoft the first place.

This is a culpable mistake Linux developers perpetuate by its taking the starting block.

Why give the head start to Microsoft?

I have found only three distributions doing it right
They are PCLinux (the new distributions now have a problem not including other format options – other types of disk formatting including DOS), Mephis, Debian, Suse , Mandriva, Redhat and Fedora.

Redhat had the best GRUB including RAIDs .

Still SuSe has the best partition tool, even though it restrict itself to 15 partitions.

Why I do not know?

All the other Live and installable CDs I checked had problem recognizing other Linux distributions.

But they invariable recognized Microsoft by default or is it fear induced by Microsoft by its global propaganda or is it both.

Why not recognize its sisters and brothers breathing over the neck to have a good start.

Most pertinent question is why Microsoft cannot see with their eyes open wide Linux or other partitions.

They are totally blind to independence an market forces.

Where is universal  brotherhood?

Where is universal comradeship?

There are two reasons.

1. One is boot loader they use is LiLo.

2. The other is that they do not write a script (copy of the booting sequence in the header files of the root partition.

They all write on the M.B.R while giving priority to Microsoft almost by default or deceit.

Ubuntu do this, all Ubuntu derivatives including attractive Mint do this culpable offense.

It is time to wake up and put this right.

Suse recognizes only 15 partitions.

There used to be over 60 partitions those days before the RAID and volumes came into existence.

I used to have at least 8 (2 windows) distributions bootable on my hard disk barely 80 GB.

Those days Linux were not fat and heavy and some of them could stay on 2 GiB partition.

I used to modify boot sector by various means to get all running without a problem with GRUB as the boot loader.

Now the hard disks are over 300 or 500 we must go back to all traditions and have at least 30 partitions recognizable.

Then I can boot Microsoft, Apple Mac and Open Free BSD as part-timers with Linux preferably my own assembly called God Bless You All (G.B.Y.A) (thanks to all the guys including Puppy Linux) and I will throw a party even the all mighty God has directed me to the grave for rest after the party.

Recovery Is Possible or Impossible and cohabitation is a must in the coffin for all of us at the end.

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Linux100 and Linux Tit Bits

Now that I am in the penultimate stage of my analysis it is pertinent I should talk about the little distributions that did the work with only 4MiB Graphics on board. I still have my third computer with 4MiB on board graphics and 64 MiB RAM running old Linux distributions which is still working.

I use it for occasional demonstrations.

Who needs any demonstration with so many live CDs?

Even Windows 95 and 98 could land on this graphic card before the Graphic explosion!

I could never find a adapter to increase its Graphic potential to 8, the maximum.

Those were the days when we used Floppy disks to boot up and I still have few 5.5 inch Floppies.

The distributions that come to my mind are INSERT, Feather Linux, Tiny me and DSL.

I must confess except DSL I rarely needed to use the other distributions.

These became obsolete when Puppy Linux with 96 MiB came into the scene.

It is true that Puppy Linux stands tall among all the other distributions when one is using an old computer.

In historical perspective I must write few lines on each of these teeny weeny units.

The teeny weeny bikinis of the time.

In Linux terminology bare bones of Linux.

Linux100-CDLinux-82

This is good for Windows guys and girls.
They can mount this on a windows partition not on a DOS partition.
I was annoyed that they did not let me install it on a Linux partition.
Fast, cute and good.

Linux100-Trinity Rescue Kit-81

This is a utility Windows guys can use to clean up their box / boxes (if they are stupid enough to have more than one).
What I used to do manually this Linux utility does in series of scripts booted onto the RAM. No knowledge of Linux is required only trigger happy (for Sri-Lankans) or mouse click happy (outside of Sri-Lanka) window’s stupid guys and girls.

Linux100-Debris-80

Is another little utility with many applications.

Linux100-Deft-5-1-79

I have been very busy, if not I may have finished the last phase (last 25 of the 100) my entries by now. I have already downloaded over 200 CD and DVDs in spite of the very slow throughput of our Telecom.
Guys / Girls of the Sri-Lankan doing a very good job with very limited resources they have.
Hats off for them for they are heading and giving a welcome hearing to my constructive comments.
Peo TV is very good venture and giving out a router which is above the Operating System in I.P. / T.P. protocol (Year ago the Modem did not support Linux) so that user can decide which operating system to use.

However, they are far behind in Telecom’s innovations such as AsteristNow and the PABX. As far as Linux they are nowhere near international standards.

Coming back to Deft. it is a forensic distribution I fished out of Distromania archives. Apart form general utilities it has number of forensic utlitlis.

Linux100-SuperOS-33-Updatate

SuperOs has updated it’s image to Ubuntu 10.04 and seems to have shed some of its Graphic Intensive front.

It stays the same with minimal changes but sleek appearance.

When one is hooked to Ubuntu it is difficult to make radical changes.

At least it can change it’s name to Vanity or Sensation as I have suggested, earlier.

It has added some demos which is a good thing for a newbie.

My critical comments about the previous version is down below.

Number ##33 in my entries.