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Hi. I really want to try dual booting WinXP/Linux. I want to install Linux mainly to learn some new stuff--with the ultimate goal to set up a server for my network. I want to use it to do some testing on my website. I will not use it for external hosting (as that is a lot of work and responsibility). I think I tried installing MAndrake once on this machine, and could not get it to install. I have one HD with plenty of space even with XP installed.
1) Do I need to do a total hardware audit before I pick a distro?
2) Which distro for my purposes?
3) Is it worth buying a distro with documentation etc?
4) Will I need special software to repartition by HD? I have one partition already with nothing on it--though I think it is formatted to NTFS.
Distribution: Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2; Slackware Linux 10.2
Please, do not take this personally, but we really are tired of these posts. Spend three weeks at any given Linux forum and you yourself will realize how annoying they are. We try to give you resources -- if you were observant, you would have gone to the Linux Newbie section of this site and found the sticky exactly about this and might have noticed the "search for similar topics" button when you started this. Just search for it -- there are literally hundreds of times this question has been asked on this very site. Do not take this personally, just try to be more observant. Pay attention to your surroundings here. http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=356388
As you asked, however, no hardware audits at all are needed. It's 2006 and Linux installers have surpassed that of Windows.
Thanks for the kindness and advice. I never heard of Mandriva. I will check it out.
...and I went to all the stickies and to the Newbie section-- I even searched on "Dual boot." I didn't find what I needed--at least not in the first 10mins. That'w why I posted in "general". Distro questions should go in Distro--except that there is a different forum for each distro, so which distro forum would I go to?
peter_89: I know I have helped a few newbies out in areas which I am very knowledgeable. The con•de•scen•sion on your part is un-becoming.
Mandriva used to be Mandrake, so you actually have heard of it. The other one I would look into is Ubuntu, however I don't know about resizing partitions from the installer. Yes, normally you'd need a separate tool, but Mandriva(or at least Mandrake 10 did) has a built-in partitioner that can resize NTFS partitions. Otherwise I'd look at BootItNG