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MS-DOS used to be and Microsoft Windows continues to be the most popular operating system for 80386, 80486, and Pentium PCs. Because Linux started on 80386/80486 PCs, a connection between DOS/Windows and Linux has always existed. Typically, you start the Linux installation with some steps in DOS. Linux has maintained its connection to DOS/Windows in several ways: ? Linux supports the older MS-DOS file system called FAT (file allocation table), as well as the newer Windows VFAT (long filenames) and FAT32 file systems...
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From Linux, you can access MS-DOS and Windows files. ? Linux supports read-only access to the NTFS file system that is used in Windows XP. You can download and load a driver module to incorporate the NTFS support. ? Linux features a set of tools, called mtools,that manipulates DOS/Windows files from within Linux...
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