For months I have had an empty partition on my machine that is reserved for a Linux distro "when I get around to it", but due to laziness and fear of change, I never have gotten around to it.
However, I've always admired the open source ethos and so I recently installed Mozilla 1.4 (I no longer use IE) and I am amazed at how much better it is than Microsoft' browser. Then, after reading about the Microsoft DRM patch (at slashdot), I decided that I should start getting my feet wet in the Linux world that Microsoft is inevitably steering me toward with their lack of ethics and imagination.
But I am cautious about change, especially since I need my computer for work, so I'd like to start with a dual boot until I get to know Linux well enough to flush Microsoft out of my life.
Right Now I have 2 hds on my Pentium 4 2 ghz machine (512 mb ram):
hd0 is an 80 gb Maxtor
hd1 is a 40 gb Seagate
Hd0 has 4 partitions on it:
F: Windows XP (NTFS 13 gb - Primary)
G: Programs (14 gb FAT 32 - Logical)
H: Data 1 (49 gb FAT 32 - Logical)
I: Data 2 (40 gb FAT 32 - Logical)
Hd1 has 1 partition:
C: Data (40 gb FAT 32 - Primary)
*Note: hd1 is older and although it is the slave, it still retains the C: label. D: and E: are CD and DVD, leaving F: etal. for the partitions on the newer master, hd0.
The two candidates for the Linux installation are C: and I:
C: has only 12 gb of free space, but it is a separate hd and already set to primary. I was thinking I could copy all of that data over to hd0 and just use that hd for Linux, but I want to have some of that 40 gb available for Windows data storage as well.
I: has 29 gb free, and I can clear out the data that is stored on it, or make smaller partitions. This hd is also runs at a higher rpm than the other, so maybe it is better for operating systems.
I also have to decide between Suse 8.2 or Redhat 9.0. I have read that maybe Suse is better for a Linux newbie like myself, but I'm open to that debate.
So any Linux guru feel like holding a newbie's hand through his first install? I promise I'll pay close attention to your instructions.
By the way, I live in Spain where some of the Autonomous communities (Extremadura, for example) have started developing Linux based systems for local government admistration and I'm hoping I can help spread the Linux message
here once I'm up and running (I'm already doing so with Mozilla)...