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little more info...are you installing on the same harddrive as your windows or a different hard drive (assuming you have windows)? Yes backup of data is always good. Other than backup...i cannot think of any other precaution. Just pop in the install cd and see the penguin work!
Im hoping to make a multiboot system.
Im running Microsoft Windows XP and its on the same Hardrive ( would u recomend using a Ipod Mini as the hard drive? ) and i will consider a different distro. Any recomendations?
Distribution: Xubuntu 9.10, Gentoo 2.6.27 (AMD64), Darwin 9.0.0 (arm)
try fedora core it's like rh but it's still supported and free or suse I had alot of trouble with .rpm based distros so you might try debian it would be less complicated to install new software but you can get apt-get (debian's package manager) for .rpm based distros. If you mean installing linux on an ipod mini and using it as a harddrive I wouldn't the ipod isn't quite a standard usb harddrive and the mini is so small that you wouldn't have much room for your music. just defrag your harddrive right before you install linux so it can shrink your windows partition and install linux on the same drive.
Backup anything you don't want to lose, it can vanish in a second. I would recommend dual booting in case you run into problems you can go back into windows to find answers on the net. Also consider something newer than RH9, like Mandriva or Suse to start with would be my choices but you may prefer something else. Good Luck