Some computers run Linux and no other OS. Others, though, run multiple OSs. Such configurations are particularly common where resources or desktop space are limited, and they present unique administrative challenges. This chapter covers these topics, which include installation issues, boot loaders, and exchanging data via foreign filesystems.

Even when a computer runs only Linux, it's sometimes necessary for it to interact with other OSs in a non-network manner. This is true when you need to read a floppy disk created on a Windows system, for instance. In addition to reading the disk, you may need to process the data on the disk, and that means understanding cross-platform and proprietary data formats. Finally, this chapter looks at emulation—running non-Linux programs in Linux.

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