Originally Posted by pixellany
Since re-installing Fedora is no big deal, I recommended an overall setup that used space more effectively.
And that suggestion has worked very well for me; as far as setting up a good structure goes.
I really did not have much of an investment in my earlier install of FC 6. So tossing it out was no serious loss. Plus it wasn't working as well as an even earlier install of FC 5 had.
Building on Pixellany's advice I used the latest live CD version of Gparted to clean out my original 3, 4, and 5 partitions. I then easily set up the suggested swap partition (as /dev/hdb3) and extended partition (/dev/hdb4), which occupies the remainder of my hard drive (about 101 GBs).
Instead of setting up only two logical partitions as originally planned, however, I set up four; /dev/hdb5, /dev/hdb6, /dev/hdb7, and /dev/hdb8.
It really was fairly easy to install FC 6 on /dev/hdb5. And that install is more complete and works far better than my original FC 6 install.
I am having problems installing other distros on the other three partitions. But those problems seem to be with the distros themselves. Not the partitioning scheme.
For example; my attempt to install Suse 10.2 RC1 on /dev/hdb6 has not worked out. My first attempts to set up a KDE-based install resulted in a system which seems to recognize all of my hardware, but provides no GUI interface. I only get a text-only type install; like I'm running under init 3. Attempts to use 'startx' or 'sax2' fail. And my xorg.conf file is basically empty. This set-up DID recognize my network adapter and did download system updates during the installation process.
My second attempts to set up a Gnome-based install also failed. During this effort (tried multiple times on a freshly formatted /dev/hdb6) the new installation failed to recognize or work with the network adapter card. So no updates could be or were downloaded as part of the installation process. And I still get no GUI. I think I'll wait until 10.2 goes final and is easily downloadable before trying Suse again.
Another disappointment was trying to install Kubuntu from its CD. This system is widely touted as very easy to install. But I had no luck. It booted up ok. But choosing the option to install results in getting nothing more than a text-based 'ubuntu@ubuntu:' prompt. No installation. No GUI. No install questions about where to put anything. Just nada.
Luckily these failed attempts have done no harm to my Windows XP or FC 6 installs. And I'm thinking of moving on to try Mandriva or some other distro. But not today. Time to think about decorating the home for the holidays.