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Old 02-08-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
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Newb trying to get started in Linux


I'm very new to Linux. I have used it slightly in our school system and now i would like to have linux on my pc. I was just wondering what i would have to know or do to get linux installed. Right now, I am running win98. I have already downloaded and burn the 3 iso files for Red Hat 9. Now i have no idea what to do.
 
Old 02-08-2004, 05:48 PM   #2
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First off, Welcome

Ok, What you need to do now, is somehow make sure you have room for Redhat 9. You will need to have either a free partition, or a spare hard drive (unless you don't want Win98 anymore).

After that, you just need to turn off your computer and put the first Redhat 9 CD in and let your computer boot off of it and follow the instructions.

Let us know how you do.

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Old 02-08-2004, 05:59 PM   #3
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It sucks being new, but this site may be of interest:
http://freebsd.turbocharging.net/

Good Luck,
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Old 02-08-2004, 06:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the relpy.

Anyways, I wouldnt mind sacrificing win98. Would I have to erase the entire hard drive? If so, how would I go about doing this?
 
Old 02-08-2004, 06:02 PM   #5
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When installing Redhat there is a utility that will allow you to resize the partition and install Linux in the empty partition.

Go ahead, give it a shot!
 
Old 02-08-2004, 06:06 PM   #6
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I'm not completely sure about how to do this. Would i have to boot from the red hat cd?
 
Old 02-08-2004, 06:17 PM   #7
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I am assuming your computer can boot from cd-rom, which it should if it was made in like the last 7 years or so. Put the cd in the tray and reboot. If it doesn't go into the BIOS when the computer is starting hit F1,F2,DELETE or whatever it takes to get in there.
Usually this is posted immediately after the computer starts.

You will find something in the BIOS about what devices to boot from, just change the order so the CD drive is first and thats it. If not you need to make a floppy bootdisk, but try that first.
 
Old 02-08-2004, 06:19 PM   #8
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Yeah, it can boot from cd, but after i do this will it completely delete win98 and everything that was on the computer before?
 
Old 02-08-2004, 06:23 PM   #9
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I won't lie to you. There is a chance you will destroy your W98 partition, so BACKUP YOUR DATA FIRST! If you don't have anything important on there, then go ahead and do it. Like I said before, when you start installing Redhat, you will be taken to a screen where you must make room for it. You can choose to resize the win partition and make a new one for Redhat or you can wipe out the win partition and install Redhat there, it doesn't matter to me.

JL
 
Old 02-08-2004, 06:26 PM   #10
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ok, thanks very much for the help, i am going to go do this right now
 
Old 02-08-2004, 07:05 PM   #11
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one more simple question: will my .txt files work on linux? or will any .mp3, .mpg, or .doc files work?
 
Old 02-08-2004, 08:06 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally posted by jlturbos
When installing Redhat there is a utility that will allow you to resize the partition and install Linux in the empty partition.

Go ahead, give it a shot!
If this is true, please show me! I have never seen this in redhat. SuSE, yes. Mandrake, yes. Redhat NO!

You can only use free space, destroy all partitions, or destroy linux partitions.

Am I on crack?

Quote:
Originally posted by jlturbos
You can choose to resize the win partition and make a new one for Redhat or you can wipe out the win partition and install Redhat there, it doesn't matter to me.

JL
I'm thinking your way WRONG here.


Peace,
Whitehat

Last edited by Whitehat; 02-08-2004 at 08:08 PM.
 
Old 02-08-2004, 08:32 PM   #13
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ok, thanks very much for the help, i am going to go do this right now
Also, try defragmenting your hard disk first. This might make your WIN98 partition less likely to corrupt itself after you shrink it.
 
Old 02-08-2004, 09:15 PM   #14
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http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...ot-parted.html
 
Old 02-09-2004, 11:27 AM   #15
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Quote:
Originally posted by Whitehat
If this is true, please show me! I have never seen this in redhat. SuSE, yes. Mandrake, yes. Redhat NO!

You can only use free space, destroy all partitions, or destroy linux partitions.

Am I on crack?



I'm thinking your way WRONG here.


Peace,
Whitehat
Way wrong, huh? Thanks for the help Greywheather!

Only you know if your on crack, Whitehat.
 
  


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