Redhat 6.2 Linux/MS Windows Dual boot installation tutorials: Crystallography Oriented

Paul D. Boyle boyle at
Thu Apr 27 12:17:44 EST 2000

Lachlan Cranswick (l.cranswick at wrote:

: There are some belated tutorial on the CCP14 site on installing 
: Redhat Linux 6.2 and MS-Windows dual/multi-boot systems for 
: Crystallographic Applications. 

I don't know if you mention this in your Web site, but an alternative,
and possibly superior way, to use both Linux and Windows would be to
install VMware ( on the Linux box and install
windows as a virtual machine.  This way one can use Windows apps and not
have to reboot.  So one could be running SIR97 under Linux in one xterm
and running Word on the virtual Win98 box in vmware.  The extra bonus
is if Windows crashes you simply have to restart the xterm rather than
rebooting the whole system.

I have just downloaded a 30 evaluation copy of vmware.  It installed
pretty easily and looks pretty cool.  Now I have dig up some Windows98
and MSWord CD-ROM's (which I have never had to have before).

: This is mainly optimised for getting the System S/Platon 
: suite (plus System S friendly programs: Shelx, Dirdif, 
: Crunch and Sir97) up and running  on a PC (streamlined 
: Redhat installations do not tend to include the Fortran 
: compilers).

Because so much crystallographic code has been written in fortran, it is
indespensible (in my opinion anyway) to install some fortran compilation
support (either g77, fort77, or one of the commerical fortran compilers
available for Linux).

By the way, in recent times the term 'streamlined Redhat installation'
is becoming an oxymoron.  Lately, in my opinion anyway, redhat is getting
too bloated and too oriented towards providing a 'desktop environment'.
I feel a little disappointed in the direction they seem to be moving.


Paul D. Boyle
boyle at
North Carolina State University

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