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Old 07-21-2004, 03:27 PM   #1
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Mandrake Discovery10.0


Can this be installed over my redhat 9 linux which i dislike ? I am planing on moving to mandrake and get the software from Amazon.com.Has much more support for hardware than RH9,at least i think so from what i have read on mandrake's web.

And how can i reinstall windows,because RH9 wiped off everything.

Thanks for any info guys,it would be really appreciated.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 05:10 PM   #2
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Mandrake does have better hardware support and is 'friendlier' than RedHat 9. I wouldn't recommend buying it off of Amazon since you can download the CD images for free (which is probably what the cheaper amazon.com resellers did) or better yet buy a boxed set direct from Mandrake and skip the middleman.

By 'installing over' Redhat, I assume you mean you want to replace RedHat and all its programs with Mandrake's offerings while keeping your settings and documents intact. Luckily, Linux provides an easy way to do this. Remember the 'C:\Documents and Settings\username\' folder in WinXP? The Linux equivalent is '/home/username/' and it actually does a better job of keeping program settings intact for all users than the Windows equivalent. You'll want to backup this folder somehow before you install Mandrake. After you've installed Mandrake, you can copy all the files back, and for the most part it will return to the way you set things up under RedHat. Unlike RedHat, Mandrake by default will actually create a separate partition for /home/, so the next time you want to change Linux distributions, you won't even have to back it up.

If you want to reinstall Windows AND Mandrake, you'd better install Windows first, as it will mess up any existing Linux installs. What you probably want to do is to use the partitioning program in the Windows install CD to set up one partition for Windows, leaving the rest of the space for Mandrake unpartitioned. After you've installed Windows, you can run the Mandrake CD and it can use up the unpartitioned space. It will then install a bootloader which will let you choose to run either XP or Mandrake when you start up your PC.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 05:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info.Mandrake has better support for hardware as you mentioned and it seems to me more user friendly.I was running win98SE but now nothing has survived after i installed linux.
I have downloaded mandrake to my computer but i had no idea how to install it when i tried to open it ,what it did it only made copy of it.I know it's ISO but didn't want to write to my burner either,so i gave up.
Software at Amazon is the same boxed as the one at Mandrake but 15$ cheaper with free shipping.As of now i am totally clueless with linux.I am not really going to reinstall windows(only in case if i have to and nothing works for me)I like Linux a lot and i hope it won't crash as often as Windows who gets corrupted often by some unknown programs over the web.
I have read here that the best is to have one OS instead of two that includes windows.They say it's a less trouble that way if you just keep Linux.Honestly i got sick of Windows and i am looking for reliable program and hope that Linux is the one to go.
Thanks again.

BTW - this forum rocks1 Lots of people giving help for free to others! Great board guys.Thanks
 
Old 07-21-2004, 05:57 PM   #4
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Actually my computer refuses to install windows,saying FAT 16 and FAT32 are missing.
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:16 PM   #5
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In that case, there's probably very little reason to reinstall Windows since 98 is nearing its end-of-support from Microsoft. It wouldn't install since it requires a FAT32 or FAT16 type filesystem installed on the partition, and Redhat uses Ext3 or something similiar. I'm not even sure if 98SE is capable of repartitioning a drive. If it had worked it would have just overwritten everything else anyway.

If it's a boxed set off Amazon, then you're probably right to get it. That way you get technical support from Mandrake if you really need it.

Of course people here said it's easier to get rid of Windows Many Linux users (most, even) started with it after getting fed up with Windows, for all the same reasons you mentioned. In one way it *is* better to go for a Linux-only system because you force yourself not to rely on the Windows you know, but don't love.

Linux may take some work to learn, but it can definitely do all of the things it promises. My system's been rock-solid and it is now at 9 days since I last rebooted. I've actually used it do some rather heavy file-serving for months straight with no problems. The rare program that crashes never takes down the entire system or forces a reboot. Its security has never let any spyware or viruses install off the web.

I can't speak for everyone, but I help out on this forum because I want to give something back, since most of Linux has been contributed in the same spirit of cooperation. Plus I feel sorry for everyone who still uses Windows
 
Old 07-21-2004, 08:38 PM   #6
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Exactly! We have problems with Linux because we stayed too long with Windows and once got around with them,we got stuck with them as well.The beginners of windows had lots of problems and soon the companies were providing us with a restoration CD's.Now we were imprisoned,while people were thinking that all just got better! WRONG!
Spyware !! This is what enoyes me most and lately once i got 57 of them!! 57 ON JUST INSTALLED WINDOWS!! Even Real Player has a spyware!! Or this window - fatal error has occurred ,the browser will be shut down!! Then you get a blue screen!!
I am fooling around with Linux and nothing happened ,i mean nothing terrible!!No crashes!

Anyway thanks for your feedback,it's really appreciated !

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