New Dual Boot MS-Windows/Redhat 6.1 Linux install tutorials.

Lachlan Cranswick l.cranswick at
Mon Nov 1 00:13:00 EST 1999

There are some new Dual Boot MS-Windows/Redhat 6.1 Linux install
tutorials (for desktop and laptop PCs) via:

Like the Redhat 6.0 installation guides at the CCP14 site, 
these leave no open ports for potential hacker/cracker/whatever 
incursions and are suitable for setting up client systems 
(or a server system from scratch) .

This includes installing the G77 Fortran compiler that
is necessary for crystallographic programs such as 
Ton Spek's System S single crystal suite and related 

As the Redhat 6.1 install seems to be a  backward step 
over Redhat 6.0, there is a "Post Install 
Fixup" where the system is secured, and problems with 
network, XWindows graphics are mended and hints on getting
KDE working as the default desktop.


As a reminder, FreeBSD UNIX is also a very credible (and possibly
superior) option to Linux for bother client and server
applications.  FreeBSD systems seem easier to secure and
the post installation configuration and addition of ported
applications is far slicker than default Linux (e.g., installing
packages such as povray, gnuplot, xv, etc).

A minor fix on the FreeBSD pages is update on installing
the latest gcc-2.95.2 with G77 compile.  (the default
FreeBSD 3.3 install script was based on gcc-2.95.1)


As these operating systems are freely available over the
internet, it is relatively easy to check these things out
for yourself.  

Having both Windows and a UNIX installed on a PC can
give a major bang for buck and access to a very wide
range of crystallographic software for single crystal
and powder diffraction.

Recommended Crystallographic Client Computer and Operating System

While only a person opinion.  Of the Linux distributions evaluated,
Redhat seems to be the best (easiest to get going) Linux
for crystallography computing.  Though FreeBSD 3.3 UNIX for PC
seems to be the overall best/robust UNIX on PC option.

 Refer personally biased page:
Ease of Installation and Configuration for PC based Operating Systems


If any errors or problems, please free free to follow
them on to this post or E-mail them in.


Lachlan M. D. Cranswick

Collaborative Computational Project No 14 (CCP14)
    for Single Crystal and Powder Diffraction
Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, WA4 4AD U.K
Tel: +44-1925-603703  Fax: +44-1925-603124
E-mail: l.cranswick at  Ext: 3703  Room C14

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