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Help needed in installing Linux - Fedora 4

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Hi all,

I am involved in an embedded systems project, and the project requires me to install a Linux distribution in my computer. My supervisor had urged us to install Redhat Fedora 4 as the tools (I need to use uCLinux development tools in my project) we will be using in our embedded systems project have been tested to work fine in Fedora 4.

I have never tried any other operating systems besides Windows and now i need to install Fedora 4 with a dual boot option in my computer. I have a Thinkpad laptop which is now installed with Windows XP.

I would be glad if someone can help me or guide me to install Fedora 4 with a dual boot option in my laptop.

I had searched the internet for step by step guides for the Linux installation but the information is too dispersed and the more i read on the internet, the more i get more confused.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you,
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you will need some tools first,

backup/imaging software for xp (norton ghost, acronis, etc)

a partitioning program - i use gparted on the knoppix live cd,



and (depending on which way you want to do it) your windows cd,

you need to access the recovery console in the cd to fix your mbr, if you install grub (a bootloader) to your mbr and then decide that fedora must go
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Well First if your going to put Fedora on your comp,.
I'd partition a space to Dual Boot so you can still use your windows when you want too.

I'd personally give Fedora 15-20 gigs if your just using it for whatever.
I tried it once.

I didn't like it I went back to Windows.
But hey thats just me.

When your done with Fedora you will need a partitioning program to put your drive back as a whole but not as of right yet.

Go to Start then to Run
Type in compmgmt.msc and click Enter
On the left window click on Disk Management

Select your hard drive and create a new partition from it to install linux on.
And enjoy.

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An outline of the process is thus:
  • defrag your windows partition
  • use something like Partition Magic to shrink it to create unassined space
  • reboot when complete
  • now create two paritions (one for swap, the other for the Linux itself)
  • set the swap size ~2x your real ram
  • boot from a Linux Install CD
  • have it format the /swap partition
  • then format the Linux partition as ext3
  • now install into the Linux partition
  • at the end, install the boot loader into the Linux partition
  • and then update the HD MBR with grub which will retain your windows boot

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