Originally Posted by littlebeagle
I'm not completely new to linux, I've been playing about with it on my laptop with some success, but now I'm looking at putting it on my main system as part of a dual boot.
1. I install XP first, then linux (I'm going for ubuntu 6.10) is this correct?
2. Is driver support for 64bit linux as good as 32bit?
3. I will have two hard drives, I was planning on using 1 for the operating systems and one for data storage, is this the best way to do it?
4. For my storage partition what is the best file system to format it in?
Thanks for your help.
This is all opinion of course, and its worth about what you paid for it..
1. As the above poster said, yes.
2. This is the one reason I stay away from the 64bit apps, despite having the hardware to run it. Its just easier(for me) at this point, to stick with 32bit, until 64bit comes around a little better.
3. Now me personally, I have always set up Windows on 1 drive(main), and Linux on a completely separate drive(slave). I'd then back up files from Windows to DVD(mp3's, videos, office files etc..), and just copy them from there to my Linux OS. If for some reason my Linux install torpedo'd, I still had Windows to fall back on. I done this after screwing up a WinMe setup while trying Mandrake. Took a while, but eventually, I just removed Windows entirely and now have Ubuntu 6.10 on my main drive, and my other drive that used to house my Linux trysts, is now an external hard drive backup.
4. I prefer ext3, but if you need Windows and Linux to access a partition, sounds like Fat32 is gonna be the way to go for you.
Here's a helpful 6.10 FAQ if you haven't seen it yet.