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Ok, I'm looking to install Linux onto my current computer. I've done this before, but with an old version of Redhat and its been a while, so I'm pretty much a total noob.
My first question is, can you suggest a good distro for my experience level?
I currently have RedHat 9.0, Slackware 10.0, Knoppix, Phlack, Gentoo, and Dynebolic distrobutions in my library of CDs, all ready to go, but I can download anything you suggest (as long as it can be downloaded), so thats not a problem.
My second question is, I have WindowsXP installed and I want to dual boot with linux. I have read quite a bit about it recently, but everything I've read has pointed to the fact I can't do it the way I want to. I've read to do this, your linux install must be on the same disk as windows and installed within the first 8Gb.
Heres my harddrive layout.
19Gb NTFS WindowsXP partition
5Gb Fat32 Partition used for downloading large files (would like to repartition this and use for linux)
25Gb NTFS partition used for storing files, its my windows backup partition.
25Gb NTFS partition used for storing media, I do some photoshop and Adobe Premier work.
Is it possible to put Linux on that 5Gb partition thats on disk 2 and stikk have it dual boot correctly with WindowsXP
yes... put /boot (of ~100M) on the front of disk 1.... then put your root (/) wherever you darn well please... (make /boot active on your partition table)
it's all preference
there's lots of info here, there, and everywhere, and some people are strongly opiniated... i like to tell people that RedHat/FC are perfec for people who just want it to work, and don't really care how
otherwise my favorite distros are 1) Slack 2) debian
Well, if its gonna take a little learning to get it to work, thats fine with me, but I just want something within my range.
I'm not affraid to learn, but I would prefer the first distro I use not be too complicated to set up.
BTW, does that mean I'm gonna have to reinstall Windows to get that 100Mb partition on disk 1? I've never messed with resizing windows Partitons.
you don't have to reinstall windows -- infact it is better to leave it be -- it is most common to install windows before installing another OS, because windows boot loader only recognizes/configures the system to run MS OSes... linux can recognize and config for MS... it should be installed after windows.
the /boot partition will house your linux bootloader, and should be of type ext2 or whatever you prefer. you should just resize/move windows partition to accomodate the new /boot partition...