Having more than one OS?
Posted 25 December 2005 - 12:15 PM
Posted 25 December 2005 - 01:58 PM
If you have enough free space on your current disk you can reduce the size of it using something like qtparted (Knoppix), but first backup the disk and then defrag it. If you have enough space free, then you can install Linux. I personally suggest around 4Gb for the root partition, 100Mb for the /boot partition, around 512Mb for swap and then around 4Gb or so for /home.
If you are going to reload everything, then first start with XP since you want to use the Linux boot loader. I prefer Grub since you can edit the boot information without having to re-install it in the boot block.
You also need to decide which distribution you want to use. I prefer Mandriva personally, but there are other good distros too. I would also strongly suggest getting/making a Knoppix CD since that is useful if you have problems, even with Windoze.
Posted 26 December 2005 - 10:14 AM
Once you decide on a distro you have several options to start an install:
1) You can download a large .iso file(1-3 gigs) and burn it to a single DVD
2) You can download many .iso's and burn roughly 6-10 CD's(*sigh*)
3) You can do a net install which is downloading about 100 MB .iso file, burn that to a CD-R and that will install a "base" linux system on your computer and from there you install the rest of the system over the internet.
Burning .iso files to a CD is easy but you do need to learn how to do it and have the buring software that can do it. I am sure there is free software out there that can so this...just google it
Each distro should have a somewhat centralized webpage for all the installation files and there multiple download locations.
Edited by lovethepirk, 26 December 2005 - 10:18 AM.
Posted 26 December 2005 - 03:42 PM
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