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Old 09-01-2002, 10:09 PM   #1
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Question installing linux on inspirion 8200

How do I install another os(linux) on my laptop?

Which flavor of linux would be best suited?

Do all linux os have c,c++ compilers?

The machine has xp home on it.

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Re: installing linux on inspirion 8200

Originally posted by mmx61
[B]How do I install another os(linux) on my laptop?

Which flavor of linux would be best suited?
It is more of a question of getting a new enough version of a linux "flavor" that will support your hardware. There is a "Hardware-howto" somewhere at that hopefully is up to date enough to list what hardware is supported by what kernels. Also check for video system compatibility.

Do all linux os have c,c++ compilers?
The full sized ones do. The "mini" and desktop only distros usually don't.

The machine has xp home on it.
Oh no! You'll have to make room for a Linux partition (and a small swap partition as well) On your hard disk. The problem is that there aren't a lot of utilities (I don't know of any!) that will resize an NTFS file system. If your XP is installed on the old fashioned FAT32 partition, there are lots of non destructive resizers you can use.


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