coLinux install on Vista Home Premium in 15 minutes
May/2008
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Run the installer "coLinux-0.7.3.exe" as Administrator from Explorer context menu.
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Security warning is normal. The installer has no signature. You needs to trust coLinux devolopers to run coLinux.
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Cooperative Linux setup says welcome. Click Next.
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You needs to agree the GNU license.
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On the componets should let all default enabled.
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Please change the install folder from "C:\program files\..." into "C:\coLinux". Please do not use path names with spaces.
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You can skip this page. But remember, that you needs to install the library later, if you wish to use the pcap-bridge.
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Choose a Distributions-Image. Debian is a good choice for first starts. ArchLinux is usefully, if you have not disk enough space, and all others are good, if you knows they better.
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The image will be dowload now. Remember, you will find this later in the install directory "C:\coLinux".
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Uh, the next big warning. This is the TAP-Win32 driver. Accept this to install network driver for "tuntap". If you want to skip this, then you should disable the TAP driver on Component page. But then you would have only the lame network SLiRP.
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Finish. You now should read the README.txt and more in the colinux-daemon.txt from your install directory.
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Change into your install directory C:\coLinux and open the file "example.conf".
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Choose the Editor (Notepad.exe). The file we need some steps later. Please let the Editor opened in background.
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Download the tool "bzip2" for windows, for example from http://www.henrynestler.com/colinux/tools, unpack the zip and copy the file "bzip2-102-x86-win32.exe" into the install directory C:\coLinux
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Press keys "WinMenu + R" and then type "cmd" in the field "Open:" to have a Windows console prompt.
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Run the tool to unpack the compressed image (*.bz2). This need a while (10 minutes, depens on your cpu and disk speed) with a high cpu load. The syntax is "bzip2 -dc CompressedImageName.bz2 > UncompressedImageName"
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Verify, that you have complete uncomressed the file. The Debian image should be 1GB now (exactly).
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Copy the filename from uncompressed image into clipboard (for Copy & Paste).
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Locate the line "cobd0=..." in the Editor example.conf and paste the filename from clipboard there.
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Some lines down: Remove the comment '#' from begining line to enable the first network "eth0=slirp". Close the Editor and save the file example.conf.

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