I'm reformatting my XP Pro system and want to dual boot with Linux.
What is the best way to to have the two play nicely together on boot up. I was planning on installing both on a single disk and the default OS will be XP since this is my home PC and my wife isn't a Linux person. Specially I would like to know which one should be installed first and any "gotchas" I need to be aware of. I use slackware at work so I was planning on using the newest version (10.0).
If you want linux to control the boot process with LILO or GRUB, then put one of those in the MBR. I have linux dual booting with win2k, LILO doesn't mind at all. I used a linux boot disk to partition, reboot and install windows, reboot and installed linux and just added
to the lilo.conf after all the menu and kernel info, and viola.
you can install windows or linux on any disk any partition, windows no longer has to be on the first partition of the first disk,(XP or 2k that is). Mandrake's install will set up lilo so you can choose win or linux to boot. If you're using one disk then yes let lilo write to the MBR, unless you want to use the windows boot loader, if so use dd in linux to write it's boot sector info to a file in C:/ and edit boot.ini to point to it. But lilo will probably be easier for you.