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I'm a complete Linux Newbie and I hope my question does not annoy anyone:
I want to install Mandrake 10.0 -I figure that my easiest solution is to create an ISO. While I know that the ISO isn't available yet for Mandrake 10.0 I have heard that there is a way to downloan the "Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official for i586 and higher" (mandrakelinux.com/en/ftp.php3#586) and to convert it to an ISO.
I hope that this is not an illegal/unethical method of getting Mandrake 10 -remember I'm a complete Newbie.
I was hoping that someone could give me step-by-step instructions on how to download then convert " Mandrakelinux 10.0 Official for i586 and higher" to ISO.
I currently have Nero for burning software and am running windows XP Pro (NTFS on both of my drives). I have Partition Magic -do I need to create a Linux partition to install Mandrake -and will it read files from my NTFS partitions?)
Sorry if this has been asked a million times : I actually did do a search -but I'm so completely new to this that I'm usure what threads would apply to me.
Thanks so much for any help you can offer.
Please feel free to offer any 'general' advice to a Linux Newbie that you think appropriate.
Current system details to follow (in case it affects my situation).
522's PC Deets.:
*CPU: --P4 1.8
*MOBO: --MSI MS6558
*BIOS: --Award Modular v6.00PG
*OS: --WinXPpro sp1 (all critical updates to date)
*MEMORY:--slot 1: 512; --slot 2: 512
*HDD: --C: 60G WDx7200 --M: 80G WDx7200
*VIDEO: --GeForce4 Ti4600
*SOUND: --Creative Audigy Platinum
When you install, make sure you install the developmental packages (you need to do the "advanced or expert install) and kernel-source as you need a non-open source module for full use of your video cards. Install mc if available in the packages.
The Mandrake install will allow you to re-size your NTFS. Search the board for Partition Magic horror stories. Linux can read NTFS but writing on it from Linux is dangerous and can destroy it, so if you want something both Linux and Windows can safely read/write on, make a fat32 filesystem for that.
Thanks for the reply and the links. I've yet to through all of them but found the "http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html" especially useful(l).
I'm looking forward to going through the rest of them.
I'm really digging through "fancypiper's" link suggestions right now and finding *tons(tonnes)* of cool info.
I also really appreciate your links, "heema", and "bluewall21" -very helpfull.
Good to find a resource like www.linuxquestions.org to help with my Linux growing pains.
(edit: grammatical issue)
bluewall, that link is blocked by password
I'm really confused about all of this, completely confused! lol
I think I'm just going to have to wait a few weeks for the official release of the ISO and try then.
To burn or write ISO images to CDs. In your CD software, select ISO image. Then set the speed. I like to set the speed to the lowest value the CD-R drive has. The reason for this is it makes a near perfect write. Going at the maximum speed of the CD-R drive can go, creates a lot of distortion of the pits and it will not be very reliable when it comes time to install LINUX.
In Partition Magic, all you need to do is make an unformatted partition. LINUX will then take it from there. I suggest backing up before using Partition Magic.
SIS chipsets are worthless piece of junk. SIS is not great supporting their hardware. You are going to have more problems than someone with VIA, Nvidia, or INTEL chipsets.