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Looks like the distribution comes with GNOME (ximian), which is one of the two main desktops fighting it out for popularity. Because the Phat sits on top of windows and is launched inside windows I'd imagine it will react a little slower than a typical install as it wrestles with windows for resources. Yet, this might be the ticket for some of you who wanted to see what all the fuss has been about without having to partition your hard drive to find out.
some screenshots [phatlinux.com]
If anybody gives this a go, please report here how it went.
From what I've seen of WinLinux it didn't run along Windows. You just start a specially crafted pif file which boots off your system.
If you have a Win9x check in your Windows directory for files named like 'DOS with XMS memmory', if you run it your computer reboots into DOS - the same thing is used by this Linux under Windows.
The Linux filesystem was umsdos and it was visible from within Windows, I even screwed the whole thing by modifying fstab.
It is also possible to use an ext2 filesystem which will be visible from Windows as only one file.
So far, it's a no go. First off, it doesn't seem to recognize 1.5 gigs of Ram, (default is 64 megs) and yes I manually changed the value according to the read me .txt
After trying the zipped version first, (they don't tell you it's not the XP version and getting the <WARNING: Not enough free memory ,load buffer size> error I went back and downloaded the ISO.
I used Undisker to make a pristine CD, hit install and got, <runtime error 76 path not found error>. No problem I'm thinking, just extract to the files to my drive with Undisker and run the install .exe from there. I got the same error.
Checked all the support forums I could find and it seems that very few people have had success with Phat Linux on an NTFS drive and recommend FAT32. The Phat Linus site clearly states that Phat Linux will work on an NTSF drive.
Phat Linux for XP so far has been a no go. The ancient laptop on my desktop seems to have no problems with Linux though. :) As for Phat Linux, well, no startx for me at this time but I'm willing to give it another shot if they get the bugs worked out.
Om another note, how many die-hard Windows users are even going to know to type startx in order to get to GNOME? :)
Phat Linux doesn't run "from within" Windows, it is supposed to peacefully coexist on the same drive with Windows, you boot it from a CD, well, at least you should be able to boot it from the CD. Right now I have a 366 meg, Phat Linux drink coaster. I think I'll wait for version 4.1.
I'd also like to see the start-up screen and see how they deal with user management and the config issues as the review link you provided touched on those issues specifically.
Win users are more apt to type "win" than Startx when faced with a prompt. :)
For that matter, if they are using an ancient kernel, why are they pretending they can get along with NTFS?
If you say Y here, you will (maybe) be able to write to NTFS fileFrom the configuration dialog of Linux 2.4.19.
systems as well as read from them. The read-write support in NTFS
is far from being complete and is not well tested. If you say Y
here, back up your NTFS volume first, since it will probably get
damaged. Also, download the Linux-NTFS project distribution from
Sourceforge at <http://linux-ntfs.sf.net/> and always run the
included ntfsfix utility after writing to an NTFS partition from
Linux to fix some of the damage done by the driver. You should run
ntfsfix _after_ unmounting the partition in Linux but _before_
rebooting into Windows. When Windows next boots, chkdsk will be
run automatically to fix the remaining damage.
Please note that write support is limited to Windows NT4 and
Seems to me like an indication of a sloppy distro.