New to PC and Mepis with a virgin HD ;) Installation doubts.
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New to PC and Linux with a virgin HD ;) Installation doubts.
First of all, thanks for reading this.
I'm a Mac OS X user forced to use a PC at work just to run two applications, but I'm still in the process of buying it. I must say I have only occasionally used a PC, but have never owned one. So, please, don't assume I have any Windows or PC hardware knowledge. I have always used Macs.
After looking around and instaling a few linux distros on VirtualPC for Mac OS X, I'm decided to install Mepis (the one I like the most), Fedora and probably Libranet on the very roomy 160 GB HD the PC is gonna have, along with a copy of Windows 2000 (or XP), just in case a Windows application can't be run through Wine. That is a total of 4 bootable OS's, plus separate partitions for my /home folders (can only one be shared?) and any other dedicated partition any of the distros may require.
If possible, I'd like to share the swap partition among the linux distros (the computer is gonna have 1 GB RAM (2x512 MB)). The Windows partition doesn't need to be very large: 20 GB or so will suffice.
What's the best pathway for me to follow to accomplish all that? I would need a kind of step-to-step guide on the order and type of partitions I need to make, as well as the way to actually make them. Or, even a more basic doubt, if it is possible to get what I want.
As I'm sure you will need this information, the PC configuration will be like this:
* Motherboard: PB P4 ASUS P4P800 I865PE S-478 DDRX4 A6 L1GB
* CPU: Pentium 4 3.0 GHz
* RAM: DDR400 512 MB Kingston
* HD: Seagate 7200 160 GB ATA100
* GC: ATI RADEON 9200SE 128 MB AGPX8
* Writer: LG 16X GSA-4160B
On the other hand, is there something on the above configuration not recommendable for Linux?
The post you sent me to is, of course, what I'm after. However, the only knowledge I can get from it is I can do what I want, but there are no clues as to how I can acomplish it.
Please note that I come from the Mac OS X world, where I can format a HD the way I please, and I can install any OS in the partition that most appeal to me. In other words, there are no restrictions at all, neither formatting nor installing OS's nor choosing from which of them to boot.
On the contrary, I've just read about primary partitions, extended partitions, whatever partitions.... I have also read, as in the post you sent me to, that booting from a partition in another drive is a bit of a problem. That's why I don't even know how to begin formatting the drive, much less the procedure of installing several OS's and configure everything so that I can choose the booting OS at boot-time.
Any help is eagerly awaited and really, really appreciated.
Regarding the hardware, I just discovered that the ATI card is not the best possible option. I'll go for a nVidia card, that are much better supported under Linux. Is that right?