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I have 13 GB disc and I choose to install WinXp and Debian Linux - BTW.
My vision is to have at the beginning 10,5 GB for FAT32 (winxp - or maybe somebody can help me to choose better file system. I thing fat32 is quite ok). Then 2,5GB linux partition (I dont want to split /usr /opt .... and so on to partitions. I just want to learn so one partition is ok) and at the and a 0.5GB for linux swap.
My question is is here somebody who know what's the beter procedure to install such system? I tried to install first linux but I don't know if I have to set LILO just for the boot record on linux partition or for the main MBR. When I installed first linux and I taked a look in the FDISK the windows partition was always at the end. but it wans hda1 in linux. Maybe best way would be to install partition magic and then the systems.... Please give me some hints or help how to do this in best way.
As was stated, install WinXP first, then Linux. WinXP will probably do better on an NTFS partition, than on a FAT32. However, if you have data files (i.e., music, word processes docs) that you want to share between WinXP and Linux, then create another partition with FAT32. Linux will read and write FAT32 very well, but is a disaster with NTFS.
2.5GB for Linux is a bit on the small side, but will work. The .5GB swap is a bit large, unless you will have a lot of apps open at the same time under Linux working with large files. But your plan is just fine.