LinuxQuestions.org
Help answer threads with 0 replies.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 08-24-2005, 10:18 AM   #1
tricky disko
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: yorkshire
Posts: 10

Rep: Reputation: 0
mandriva (system requirements)


hi
i have a newish computer with windows and dont want to do a duel boot, theres a couple more options like a seperate HD or a refurbished second hand pc

the last option is the prefered one and one that i had chosen some time ago, do you know what the minimum requirements are for installing mandriva

things like minimum RAM and HD space

any imput appreciated
 
Old 08-24-2005, 10:53 AM   #2
tredegar
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Debian "Jessie"
Posts: 6,085

Rep: Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398
Welcome to LQ.

Dual booting is totally painless, and Mandriva sets it up for you easily. If you do not want to share the space on your windows drive, just slot in another (It'll probably be referred to as /dev/hdb ). Be careful at the partitioning stage - this is when you can accidentally wipe your treasured files so it's always best to make a backup of your DATA files, as you can always reinstall software.

Other wise, system requirements are simple:

The more RAM the better: 64M will be difficult (things like KDE will crawl) 256M good, 512 M better, 1G even nicer. Unlike windows, Linux makes good use of all available RAM.
On your HDD, you'll need about 2-4GB for your / (root) filesystem (depends on how much clutter you want to install - Do you want Gnome and KDE? - Probably the answer is Yes as you'll want to try them both out), and the size of your /home will depend on what personal files you want to keep there.
It is always nice to have an NVIDIA video card, as they have good drivers for linux.

Hope this helps.
 
Old 08-24-2005, 11:12 AM   #3
tricky disko
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: yorkshire
Posts: 10

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
helps alot

thankyou for the reply, there is so much to read in this newbie forum, even things that dont concern me are interesting to read, and you learn summat new ever other second here,
 
Old 08-24-2005, 11:32 AM   #4
tredegar
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: May 2003
Location: London, UK
Distribution: Debian "Jessie"
Posts: 6,085

Rep: Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398Reputation: 398
Glad you are finding your way around this site: soon you'll find the most excellent "Search" button on this page, that, and posting error messages into Google solves many problems.

Writing down what you did to fix things, or exactly what you did to install some software helps a lot when you come to reinstall (I had to 3 times when I first started with linux - I made loads of stupid mistakes, and sometimes it was easier just to start over from scratch), or meet a similar problem again.

The best way to learn linux is jump in and install a distro. You can see I like Mandriva, but of course others will swear by their favourites. In the beginning it is nice to have windows to fall back on, but as you get used to the security and stability of linux, you'll use it more & more: The first sign that things are going in the right direction is that you'll want to find out how to change the default boot OS from windows to linux. I still have Win98, but haven't used it in a year or more, so I do not think I'll ever be going back.

Have fun.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kubuntu System Requirements? theutherwhitemeat Linux - Software 15 11-26-2012 11:22 AM
System requirements enano loco Mandriva 2 04-10-2004 08:06 PM
X system requirements orange400 Linux - Hardware 2 04-08-2004 08:57 PM
What are the minimun system requirements? newbietolinux Linux - Newbie 5 12-18-2001 09:29 AM
system requirements tntdarryl Linux - General 2 11-12-2001 07:04 AM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:30 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration