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I've successfully installed RedHat 9 on a Dell laptop, don't recall if it was a Celeron. So Fedora Core 2 should work on your laptop. You may find that you have a small funny partition at the beginning of your drive. I left that well alone. This means you have only three partitions to play with (unless you want to have logical ones, which wouldn't cause any problems).
My suggestion for a 40GB drive:
Shrink your Windows system partition to about 10GB (use PartitionMagic, works a treat, is well worth the money!)
Make an FAT32 partition as your third partition (assuming you have a funny first partition, as above), reserve at least 12GB for Linux.
Move stuff from your windows home folder to the FAT32 partition. Resize system partition again if you had lots of stuff in your home folder.
Either make three logical partitions in the remaining space for Linux (suggested is /boot 200MB ext2. / (root) 4GB ext3 and /usr 8GB (or more if you have it) ext3), or a single primary partition, ext3.
I actually just purchased a dell inspiron 1000 and am currently configuring Slackware with it. Everything is up and running fine but if you are new to linux, I wouldn't recommend Slackware first, unless your like me and don't mind getting into trouble, problems, frustration, challenge, etc.... With this laptop Fedora Core 2 wasn't able to probe my monitor properly. I actually don't have the funny partition Samsara was speaking of and I just went ahead and created a 750 MB swap and the rest of the hard drive was/is dedicated to / (root). Some are against this, but I don't feel I could properly predict how much space I am going to need. I actually would have to fill up /home with multimedia and delete whenever I need more space. I got Mandrake 10 on there with a breeze. This is supposed to be a good distro for beginners, which the install process only supports that. Do some research, decide what you want out of your system, and configure.make.install your way to the ultimate OS. Welcome.
Did you get the wireless to work for you? I have the dell1350 wireless that came with the laptop. I can't get it to work. I tried using ndiswrapper and it didn't work.
I think I have the same laptop as you. I have the inspiron 1000 with the dell 1350 wireless. I'm running the Mandrake 10.2 Beta at the moment.
www.enimation.com/debain.html and take a look at the wireless documentation that i wrote with ndiswrapper... if you're using debian based then DO NOT do apt-get install ndiswrapper... for me it didn't work,... download and compile the source to make your own module... then you can download the latest dell driver for your wireless card and use the *a.inf file and not the other one. I have a dell xps and got it working with the 1450 a/b/g card. i haven't tried btooth and wep doesn't work on it, but everything else is flawless =)~
I have a Dell 1150 Celereon 2.6G with the Dell 1350 wireless. (I get a full 54MB transfer rate) I installed Mandrake 10.1 with no problem. I loaded the ndiswrapper without a hitch. I copied all of the Xinxp to my main machine first. Loaded Mandrake. Did a FULL update. and the loaded the ndiswrapper (the default uses an old out-of date version) from the copied winXP. The only problem at the moment is I can't upgrade the kernel to the 2.6.11 series I lose the keyboard & touch-pad.
This laptop is much faster under Linux than it was under XP.
I don't have any flickering. It might have to with I have the inspiron 1150. I copied all of the WinXp file to my main system for a complete backup. At first I tried the 10.2 but no keyboard or touch pad would work because of a kernel problem. So I put the MDk10.1 dvd in & did a full load. I put all updates in (You have to do the updates do to an out-of-date ndiswrapper). I then followed the instruction on http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/p...p/Installation
to the letter and every thing works fine. I have since tried 10.2 on a desktop with a wireless network card but that card is supported my MDK 10.1 & 10.2 but I don't seam to be able to get it to work under 10.1 or 10.2 with or without ndiswrapper.