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Old 06-07-2005, 12:03 AM   #1
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Partition Hd fr DSL and Win XP p2 What size for part, & swap file


Recieved a copy of DSL and finally brought up on laptop. I have a 4,gig hd and would like to partition for DSL install. I have no idea of what size and ect. I don't understand the Grub or the BOOT FLOOPY. Where do you download both? I just found out about a SWAP FILE? I would probely be better off having someone else do it but I would like to know how and why it is done a cirtian way and would like to drop WIN totally. I there a book or somewhere I can find these things out? I can't use DL untill I figure out how to use the LiveCD without loosing everything and to be able to use my Erickson GC79 Wireless lan Card. I understand this is alot to ask, but if someone wants to take the time I will down load anything needed and print all instructions ofr reference.

Thank you all,
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Old 06-07-2005, 01:32 AM   #2
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Cool I'll help you a bit, but I wont be no saint today.

Alright, Damn Small Linux is a operating system about 50 megabytes big. Swap partitions I guess you could say is like memory(aka ram). Any main processes your computer does is first stored in the cache(on processor) where it is accessed the quickest. Then your middle priority processes are stored on your memory. Well, thats where swap partitions come in. It is pretty much just backup memory. If your having a heavy load on processes it is more then likely some processes will be stored on the swap partition. Granted the processes cannot be accessed as quick as with processor cache or memory, but it helps. They usually say that you need a swap partition about three times the size of your memory.

Ex. - 512 x 3 = 1536mb swap partition

I dont know if DSL comes with a boot loader. I would like to say it does, but you will have to look into that. The two boot loaders of choice are Grub or Lilo. One site that has a pretty complete tutorial on Linux is the following link.

http://www.linux-tutorial.info/

I suggest if you dont understand some of the terms or hardware or software. Goto this site for definitions.

http://www.webopedia.com/

Before you get involved in Linux though, I say this. Linux is mainly commands. If you liked messing in DOS on Windows or you enjoy how computers work, then Linux is for you and welcome to the community brotha! DSL is a very simple and not so user friendly operating system. It doesn't have a bunch of applications or anything so it involves alot of commands. What I do recommend is Slackware. Slackware is somewhat simple to install and is easy to maintain. One thing I really like about Linux is you can have the most up to date version of a distro installed and it still runs okay. I also heard alot about Suse, Mepis, and Ubuntu. Slackware though is great for learning Linux though. It is user friendly but at the same time makes you learn all the commands and etc. Linux isn't no walk in the park but as long as you have a somewhat basic understanding of how a computer works you'll be fine. Hopefully this helps you somewhat.

Good Luck Man!

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Old 06-07-2005, 01:34 AM   #3
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Oh yeah.

I may not be accurate 100% on my idea's, but I am damn close.
So if I am wrong, correct them for the fellow! (unlikely)
 
Old 06-07-2005, 10:49 AM   #4
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Thank you for the information, I know it doesn't make alot of sense but the more I read the more I notice that windows seems to be the way of the past in some respects. As you stated Linux makes you think, learn, and Apply the knowledge that you recieved. I will see if I can obtain a copy of Slackware and start there. Thank you for the Web sights too, I might acctually understand what I read for a change.
 
Old 06-09-2005, 11:14 PM   #5
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I am happy I helped you. Good luck!
 
  


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