Originally Posted by ratchem2000
I am windows user and now i am going to be linux user for different advatages (so far i listened from my other friends). I have no knowledge about any command and structure of linux. I have fedora 9 in a DVD (bootable). My 80gb HDD has 4 parttion (20x4).In want to keep dual booting winXP and linux. Two of my partion (viz E: and F: )i can not format because they already contain some importent information. Now please to inform me is there any way to install fedora 9? Explain elaborately (or give a link) so that i can use linux. Please reply me as early as possible because for the windows system i am tired to fight with virus everyday. Also inform me with nokia pc suit i can run net connection in this OS bcoz i use mobile gprs for net connection.
If you have Linuxy friends then you need to install AlcoholicBeverage(tm) and then they'll show you. :-)
Oh, all right then! Firstly, backup all the bits that would really hiss you off if you lost them - stuff that you couldn't download again or would be a pain to do so. I'm thinking here: emails, pictures, music and any work or documents.
The install should go smoothly but a backup never hurts.
Personally for a Linux newbie, I'd recommend Ubuntu as it is especially designed for ease of use but the directions given will apply to pretty much any flavour of Linux.
By the way, have you backed up that stuff yet?! Go on get it on CD/DVD now!
As you write, your hard disk seems to be like this, using drive letters:
During the install, you'll need to make some space (shown as *) like:
Most installers will automatically shuffle data for you so your C: E: and F: drives are smaller to make space for Linux. The installer will also sort out dual booting for you; giving a menu before either operating system boots up. The installers of most Linuxes go like this:
Welcome screen > Set up disks (make some space) > Pick the options you want installed (you can always add later) > copy to hard disk > reboot.
They're now almost all that simple and usually there are windows-like graphical tools to help with the setting up afterwards - command line experience is now mostly optional for desktop users.
Unfortunately, I don't know about the Nokia connections, but I suspect it's possible. Even if it isn't, you can still boot into Windows and do it.
And in the style of Colombo...I'm sorry, I completely forgot! You know that important data you've got? Have you backed it up yet?
No, really. Put down the Linux and come out with your backups done!