First post here.
I just got a new 60gb hard drive for my compaq P4 notebook. I am going to do a dual boot setup with Win XP Pro and Linux. I am looking at using Fedora Core 2 but that is still up in the air. Is FC2 a good, stable OS for dual-booting?
Also, I have been doing a lot of research but before I went ahead and started to set everything up I wanted to run the process I am going to use by you to make sure it will work the first time.
1. Download the 4 i386 iso images, do the md5sum on the downloaded images, write them to CD and then check those iso's too.
2. Format HD with ~45gb for XP formatted in NTFS and ~1gb formatted in FAT32 (for file swapping between XP and Linux) and leave the rest (~14gb)unpartitioned for Linux.
3. Once XP is installed and running on its partition, reboot computer with first linux disk. Let it format the remaining space on the HD for itself. Install.
I think that is everything I need to do but someone correct me if I am wrong or if another way would work better. I am not going to have any personal info on the linux side so is 14gb going to be enough? I am mainly going to use linux to connect to my school's servers, etc. Do I want to make the FAT32 partition bigger, or is there a better way to swap files?
Also, I am confused with the /swap and /root partitions. Is the /swap just the FAT32 section I made or is it a section within the linux partition that is made during the install?
Thanks a lot for the help.