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My computer has an 80gb hd. I have Windows (hanging head in shame) using 20gb, and Linux Red Hat using the remaining 60gb. I want to install Mandrake onto the hard drive as well. During the installation process I am asked about formating the partitions. I don't want to erase RedHat or my files in RedHat. Will this happen?
How can I install Mandrake without erasing my RedHat and saved files such as OpenOffice documents and Mozilla email files?
How is RH's partition layout?
It would be easiest if you had a separate home, swap
and / - partition, ... you could then resize root, and
have a separate partition for Mdk. If you only have a
/ and a swap you'll have to do more work.
I have no idea how RH is laid-out. I'm sure I just did the automatic install with version 9.0. I know so very little about Linus at this point, other than I feel I need to be a programer to figure anything out.
I'm considering saving all the files I want to keep onto a CD and then loading them back onto Mandrake once it's installed. But I'm not sure how I would do that for the Emails I want to save.
Basically the only reason I want to dump RH for Mandrake is because MD 10 Official has the newer Kernal.......right? And with me being so much a Newbie......I don't even want to think about trying to upgrade the kernal myself. I do like the look of MD a bit better than RH also. I am concerned about whether it will recognize my ADSL modem..... MD 9.0 was not able to recognize or configure it.
so many questions..... and all I seem to get from the man's is blurry eyes.
Well.............. I did it. After saving only a few files that I had to have, and figuring I could save my email info from Windows.........I went ahead and installed Mandrake 10. With regard to the partition question, I installed MD 10 on my hda7 and as expected I lost RedHat. I'm curious about some things however..... When I am booting up there are several options for me to select from, Linux, Windows, Failsafe, and two other boot options identified only by numbers ( like 263-7) however, all four options other than Windows, boot to Mandrake 10.
I was thrilled to find that Mandrake 10 was able to identify and configure my ADSL modem ( unlike MD 9.0 )
Two quick questions if you don't mind......... how can I add an additional user to Mandrake so that I can log on to my preferences, and my wife can log on to her preferences?
#2, I have installed Firefox and Thunderbird, they are working properly, but I would like to know how to link the icons for each respectively to open the programs. Placing the icon of the firefox logo and the thunderbird logo onto my desktop. I have the icons there, but I don't know how to make them link to the application.
As root type adduser. Linux will then make a directory for the user. If you have made a partition for /home in Redhat. Mandrake should see the users and all your programs like mail and other preferences will not be changed.
Redhat's fstab is a little confusing because they use partition labels instead of the device name (hda, hdb, hdc,...).
KDE: Right click on the icon and select propertise. Click on the Execute tab. There you can type the command to the program.
I do not remember how do it in gnome. It might be the same thing.
ICON question: nope, no luck doing that. I right clicked on the icon I want to use as my link ( the firefox logo ) went to properties....there is no execute tab to select.
I stumbled on someone's post last week when I was browsing here, and she gave the info, but I don't remember where it is.