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Old 01-24-2006, 10:22 AM   #1
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Newbie linux intsall/dual boot


I am looking to make the jump from XP to linux...I don't know anything about linux or the distributions yet. I would like to install linux on my computer but leave XP so my significant other won't shoot me...I believe this is "dual booting"? I just need some general information to get me going, maybe its already right here at the site and I just haven't found it yet...thanks
 
Old 01-24-2006, 10:37 AM   #2
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Quickie info.
Linux requires it's own partition to install. Since your hard drive is probably being used completely by Windows right now you have 2 choices. One is to resize your current partition. Many Linux distributions can do this for you, there is also commercial software for this. Some people consider the second choice easier, get a second hard drive to install Linux.
A bootloader will give you the option of which OS to boot when you start your computer.
Another way to try Linux is a live CD/DVD like Knoppix.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 10:42 AM   #3
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Dual-boot is maybe the most common thread here---search on the site for a lot of stuff.

Here are the basic steps:
Pick a distribution---I recommend any of the free ones--eg Ubuntu, Fedora
Create empty space on your hard drive
Install Linux from CD:
During install, you will be prompted for setting up a boot-loader. As part of that process, it should recognize the XP installation an automatically set up the boot menu.
I recommend putting the bootloader on a floppy and not the hard drive. This way, XP will not be disturbed if something goes wrong. You can always put the bootloader on the HD later.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
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And dont forget to defrag your hard drive before installing
 
Old 01-24-2006, 12:13 PM   #5
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And dont forget to defrag your hard drive before installing
Shouldn't it be "format" instead of "defrag" ???
The partition of hard drive which you have set aside for linux installation must be formatted first using ext2/ext3/reiserfs etc. file systems.

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Old 01-24-2006, 12:18 PM   #6
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No, Ipsofacto definitely meant "defrag".

You absolutely must have a defragged Windows system before you try to partition and install a Linux distro on the same drive. Then, yes, you also have to format the new partitions you create. But defrag before changing the size of the Windows partition.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 12:54 PM   #7
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No, Ipsofacto definitely meant "defrag".

You absolutely must have a defragged Windows system before you try to partition and install a Linux distro on the same drive. Then, yes, you also have to format the new partitions you create. But defrag before changing the size of the Windows partition.
Ya, thats fine if user is repartitioning the drive. I took it as separte partion in which linux is to be installed.

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Old 01-24-2006, 06:37 PM   #8
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Yes, I did definetely meant defrag for the reasons outlined by Padma.
 
Old 01-24-2006, 06:50 PM   #9
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Veering off the original topic even further, he asked: Does not shrinking a partition in Windows effectively de-frag also? For example, when I use Partition magic to resize a partition, it happily chunks away and produces a smaller partition with the same data.
Maybe the point is that I would de-frag first, the process would be easier or faster?
 
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I've had Partition Magic fail/refuse to shrink Windows partitions (ntfs) when I didn't defrag, first.
 
  


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