I am about to start a Unit on Operating Systems at my Uni, and for this we are using Linux Fedora 8.
I have always been a bit curious about Linux, so this will be a nice way to ease in for me.
I just have a couple of questions especially after talking to my neighbour who is usually the man that does all of our IT Stuff (from before I started getting into the area myself).
Firstly these are my system specs:
HP Pavillion DV8310TX
Windows XP MCE Version 2002 SP 2
Intel Dual Core T2400 @ 1.83Ghz
NVidia Go 7600
OS (C:) 97.2GB NTFS
DATA (D:) 111GB NTFS
HP_Recovery (E:) 13.4GB FAT32
(I am assuming that these are all partitions of the same HD... how do I tell?)
I also have a 1TB external HD to back things up on.
Firstly, While using Linux initially, would it be easier to try it Virtually? Is Virtual Box the best kind of software to do this? Or would long term it be easier to do it as a Dual boot system? Is it easy enough to remove if I decide I no longer want it? Is there any tutorials on using it? If using the virtual machine to run linux, do I need to partition HDs?
If I do dual boot, is it better to partition previous to the installation? My neighbour said I should put everything I want onto the D: Drive and sacrifice the C: Drive... but this doesnt seem right? Can i not do it the other way (since it is already there?). If i was to partition the D: Drive, i understand I will need 3 clear partitions, /root, /boot and swap... and swap should be twice the amount of ram (so 4gb?) but how much space will the others need? Given that my D: Drive is 111GB it seems a little excessive for linux... Is there a way to make say 50gb of it still available to windows?
I also use my laptop to view stuff from my Xbox 360, am I to understand that it will no longer be able to find media if it is in a drive that is formatted for Linux (this isnt that much of an issue, just a query). Also, if I use something like partition magic, will I lose all information on the partition? I have been looking over: http://www.overclock...boot_fedora_xp/ and wondering if it is really that simple?
I think that is all I can think of question wise for now... I am sure there will be more! Haha... Sorry to bombard you all! And thanks in advance for the help!