Tonight I extracted a dead CD-ROM from a PC I had with XP on it, made the DVD a master so it could boot from it, downloaded a CentOS x86 ISO DVD image
, and wrote it to a DVD, repartitioned the hard drive, and installed Linux on what was formerly an unused partition (now made into five partitions), and installed CentOS
as a second OS so this is now setup for dual boot.CentOS
was one of the modern Linux distributions that supports a broad range of hardware, including Sparc and x86, so it is one that I am considering as a replacement for RedHat 6.2 which most of our servers are presently running. RedHat abandoned the Sparc architecture after David Miller left Red Hat (is back now), but CentOS
is derived from modern RedHat less the proprietary artwork and documentation so it would probably be the easiest to adapt to. At any rate; I've loaded it on the PC so I can become familiar with it and see if it looks like it's something that will work.
The amazing thing to me was the ease in which it installed. I only had to download one file, an ISO image for DVD, write it to DVD and then it was so simple to install I was able to do so first try with zero documentation and managed to do so without creaming XP on the existing partition. The dual boot boot loader that it comes with works wonderfully booting either OS even though they're both on the same drive and so far Windows hasn't overwritten Linux or vice versa (I've had this problem in the past with Windows-98).