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Old 07-21-2005, 08:45 PM   #1
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Hello,

I have read a couple of websites that detail how to install Debian but they mainly talk about the server version, is there a simple way to install the workstation version with full GUI capabilities.

Do I need to install Linux on a primary partition or can I install it to a logical partition? Do I need to install below the 8 gig limit? Or can that be exceeded now?

If I have multiple versions of Linux on a machine (such as all on the second hard drive) do they each have to have their own swapfile in their own partition? Or can you use a single partition and swapfile for each distro? I am assuming it will be overwritten be new distro booting up.

Will Win XP see FAT32 partitions located physically after an ext2 or ext3 partition? I ask because OS/2 filesystem seemed to stop Windows from looking any further.

Thank you
Philip
 
Old 07-21-2005, 08:59 PM   #2
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I have read a couple of websites that detail how to install Debian but they mainly talk about the server version, is there a simple way to install the workstation version with full GUI capabilities.
I used the Debian Installation Manual when I did Woody and it helped.
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Do I need to install Linux on a primary partition or can I install it to a logical partition? Do I need to install below the 8 gig limit? Or can that be exceeded now?
Linux is happy on a logical partition. No problem with 8GB limit on up to date systems.
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If I have multiple versions of Linux on a machine (such as all on the second hard drive) do they each have to have their own swapfile in their own partition?
They can all use one swap partition. It is possible to create a swapfile but just create one swap partition they can all use.

Good Luck
 
Old 07-21-2005, 10:54 PM   #3
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2damncommon

Thank you very much for your help. I really appreciate it.

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I used the Debian Installation Manual when I did Woody and it helped.

Linux is happy on a logical partition. No problem with 8GB limit on up to date systems.

They can all use one swap partition. It is possible to create a swapfile but just create one swap partition they can all use.

Good Luck
Thanks again
Philip
 
Old 07-24-2005, 08:36 AM   #4
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I agree totally with the recommendation. I wanted to add one small thing about that 8G limit thing, in caseothers have the same concerns and read your post.

That limit had to do with old versions of LILO (really old) and older computers, as in Pentium 1 boards - the socket 7 variety, not the Super socket 7's. It was a limitation of the BIOS at the time (which is why LILO had the limitation, I bet - it was programmed for the hardware at the time). If your pentium board could handle the dual-voltage processors, like the MMX intels or the AMD K6-2's, you could probably "see" hard drives as big as 36GB.

Woody was my first successful Linux install (had Windowmaker, KDE 1.4, and Gnome 2.0 to choose from for GUI on my box) and that limit wasn't there at that time.
 
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You can also check all the installation screens on osdir.com here:
http://shots.osdir.com/slideshows/sl...se=361&slide=1
 
  


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