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Not quite so sure about the "FAT32" wisdom Skyline.
To my knowledge mandrake 9.1 should handle the ntfs OK
As far has how much room does colm need - well that's just personal preference.
My Hdd is a 120gig western digital ata100 and I have recently "re-choped it" so I have some space to install debian as well. But If my memory serves me correctly its about 20 gig for windows eckspee as ntfs, about 45 gig ext3 for mandrake and I did about 45 gig as ext2 ready for when I got the money for a debian dvd (bearing in mind that after digging around the advice is to install debian from disc for the first time, then mess with network installs and so on later)
So, I'm thinking that colm shouldn't have too much (if any) hassle installing mandrake.
I made the post once on a forum. People made a joke of it. A lot of lol posts. I can't remember where I posted it but I went back and deleted the post. If they didn't appreciate all the time involved I didn't feel they deserved it.
I'll do it again and give a link to the location. It may be in another forum though. Justlinux.com has a Howto section. I may put it there.
It may take me a bit. I actually install and write down the info on another system. I don't like suprises either.
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Thanks and your welcome colm. Hope this helps you and anybody else that needs it.
You have instructions, CD 's on the way. Your set to go. I just learned something else. If you don't get the 'custom partitioning' option, reboot and hit 'F1' and type in 'expert'. One last bit of advice. Linux is case sensitive. Wrong case, won't work. Most are lower case.
"does he need a small partition that's fat32 to swap files between XP and Linux. I've read where people do this?"
Windows refuses to believe in the existance of other operating systems. Therefore it cannot recognize any file system other than one of the Windows file systems.
Linux is written to be able to access as many file system types as possible on a wide variety of operating systems. Microsoft keeps the specifications for NTFS secrete so the Linux developers have been able to read NTFS but cannot write a program that updates NTFS files with confidence.
So, if you want to share information between Linux and Windows you should set up a FAT32 partition. Both Windows and Linux can read/write FAT32.