Finishing Your Linux Installation

Congratulations! Hang in there because you're almost finished installing OpenLinux! After you click Finish, OpenLinux reboots your computer to the K Desktop Environment's K display manager login screen (as shown in Figure 2.9).Figure 2.9

Your first peek at OpenLinux is at the K display manager, where you must log in to Linux.


Although you can log in now if you want to, there's still an important step left in the installation! If you want to boot to Linux, you must first shut down, restart, and then install BootMagic from Windows.


Experienced Linux users might want to use LILO, but should know that at this point, unlike previous OpenLinux installs, LILO has been installed, and the default /etc/lilo.conf configuration file is configured to start LILO from the root Linux partition. This might not be what you want, but it is the proper configuration to support commercial boot loaders such as System Commander or the included version of Boot Magic. Although experienced LILO users might either use a boot floppy or install LILO in the Master Boot Record of the DOS partition, the MBR is needed by Boot Magic. At this point you have to decide if you want to use BootMagic or LILO. If you decide to use LILO, log in to OpenLinux as root, then edit /etc/lilo.conf to point to the MBR, and insert an entry to support booting DOS. (One is not included by default, and you might have noticed that the installation process does not offer you the opportunity to configure LILO.) If you decide to not use LILO by itself, BootMagic then uses LILO (installed on your Linux partition) to boot OpenLinux. For more information, see the file README under the /usr/doc/lilo directory.

Click the Shutdown button, then select Shutdown, and restart to reboot to Windows. When the Windows desktop appears, click the Post Install Boot Magic menu item from the OpenLinux folder on the Start menu. Make sure your OpenLinux CD-ROM is inserted in your computer. The BootMagic setup window appears, as shown in Figure 2.10.Figure 2.10

To enable booting DOS, Windows, or Linux, you must install a boot loader, such as BootMagic.


Follow the prompts to install BootMagic, entering your name and acknowledging the licensing agreements. When prompted to create a BootMagic boot diskette, insert a blank floppy in your computer, and follow the prompts. This is an important safety step that enables you to recover and boot your computer in case your drive's MBR becomes corrupted.


You can also make a BootMagic boot diskette later by clicking the Create BootMagic diskette icon in the BootMagic program folder on your Start

BootMagic then installs on your computer, placing a boot loader in the MBR of your hard drive. After the installation finishes, you see the BootMagic Configuration window on your desktop, as shown in the Figure 2.11.

menu.BootMagic recognizes that you have created and installed a Linux partition on your hard drive. Click the Linux menu name, and then click the Reorder button to move Linux up in the list (where it rightfully belongs). Next, click the Set as Default button to make Linux the default operating system to boot.

BootMagic's Startup Delay buttons and Timed delay field enable you to boot immedi­ately, wait for a mouse click on an operating system name, or set a delay from 1 to 99 seconds before booting. Make sure the BootMagic Enabled checkbox is checked. When you finish configuring BootMagic, click the Save/Exit button to save your changes.

To boot to Linux and log in, restart your computer. BootMagic then loads and displays its boot menu, listing Linux and then Windows. Booting starts according to the delay you set in its configuration window. You then see Caldera's customized LILO message screen (from the file message under the /boot directory), as shown in Figure 2.12.

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Copyright (C) 1994-1998 Caldera, Inc.   Orem, Utah, USA

The LILU Boot Manager loads labelled boot images (Linux, FreeBSD, DUS, LILU, etc.) from floppy or hard disk partitions.   Linux boot image labels may be followed directly by additional boot parameters, (e.g. linux buslogic-0)

•» Press <TAB> to list available boot image labels [CUflLUATION DB DUS 7.03] C:S>

Type linux at the boot prompt to start your OpenLinux session. If you do nothing, OpenLinux boots after 50 seconds.


The boot delay can be changed by editing the file /etc/lilo.conf and rerunning the lilo command.