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 05-29-2006, 10:07 PM   #1
SuperK
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 25

Rep: Reputation: 15
Starting to dig into Linux more, couple of questions


Hello,

I've been using Ubuntu for I think about a year now- Honestly I forget when I first installed it- I started off with Ubuntu Hoary and now on Breezy. Obviously this is a pretty noob friendly distro, although there has been a steep learning curve at times even so.

When I first installed, like many I suppose, I put it on an old machine that already had windows installed. Needless to say Windows rarely saw the light of day after that. This was a K6-2 400 with a 2.5 Ghz Master HDD and a 10 Ghz Slave HDD to which I installed Ubuntu.

After I rebuilt my gamer I put the MoBo, CPU and RAM into the Linux machine after which Ubuntu would boot but Windows, surprise, would not, BSOD and reinstall didn't work either.

So after all that my question is can I install and dual boot another Linux distro by installing it on that Master HDD and if so how might I go about this so I don't get the dreaded Grub 16/17 error?

Could I use something like Damn Small or another lightweight distro since it's such a small hard drive? Any suggestions?

Thank you!
 
Old 05-29-2006, 11:16 PM   #2
MasterC
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Mar 2002
Location: Salt Lake City, UT - USA
Distribution: Gentoo ; LFS ; Kubuntu
Posts: 12,612

Rep: Reputation: 64
I'd like to recommend slack!

Anyway, yeah, you certainly can. Dual Booting 2 linux distros shouldn't really be an issue. Just install it, tell the boot loader which partition/device the new install is on, and you should be set. It's really pretty straight forward.

HTH

Cool
 
Old 05-29-2006, 11:30 PM   #3
slackhack
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Distribution: Arch, Debian, Slack
Posts: 1,016

Rep: Reputation: 46
i'd second slack for that hardware, provided you're willing to sort through the packages manually during set up to install the ones you want. otherwise, with full install, it will take up most of your 2.5GB.

another way which i would also recommend is getting the debian net install base CD, and then installing what you want later with apt-get. that will be a bit easier (and more fun than going through the slack packages manually, in my experience ). either way, you'll end up with a speedy and rock solid system that has exactly what you want and no more.
 
Old 05-29-2006, 11:50 PM   #4
SuperK
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: May 2006
Posts: 25

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Guess I should have mentioned that the old gamer hardware is what's running it now:

AMD XP 2400 CPU @ 2.0 Ghz, ECS K7S5A MoBo AND 512 MB PC2100 RAM.

Does that change your suggestions any? I had heard alot of good talk about Slackware when I first became interested in Linux so it might be a good learning experience for me anyhow.

What do you think? And thanks for the suggestions!
 
Old 05-30-2006, 12:27 AM   #5
detpenguin
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: lost in the midwest...
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 1,091

Rep: Reputation: 45
give slack a try. it's not nearly as difficult as many make it out to be, plus you have ubuntu experience behind you now, so you should adapt nicely you also know your hardware/box/etc...so slack would be a great choice.
 
Old 05-30-2006, 12:44 AM   #6
MasterC
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Mar 2002
Location: Salt Lake City, UT - USA
Distribution: Gentoo ; LFS ; Kubuntu
Posts: 12,612

Rep: Reputation: 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuperK
Guess I should have mentioned that the old gamer hardware is what's running it now:

AMD XP 2400 CPU @ 2.0 Ghz, ECS K7S5A MoBo AND 512 MB PC2100 RAM.

Does that change your suggestions any? I had heard alot of good talk about Slackware when I first became interested in Linux so it might be a good learning experience for me anyhow.

What do you think? And thanks for the suggestions!
If it weren't for using Slackware, I would have given up with Linux probably. I learned so much, but more importantly than that, it was blazing fast. Far far faster on that old hardware than FC4 is on my x86_64 hardware today! I'd go back, but the machine is for my wife and I, as well as guests, so FC4 is a little more along the lines of what I expect them to be able to muck around with. My servers and other workstations that are dedicated for something (like MythTV) all run Gentoo, which was a nice alternative to Slack once I learned all the essentials in slack.

Cool
 
  


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
A couple of really simple Linux compatibility questions Oky Linux - General 6 05-12-2006 10:51 AM
a couple of questions about SuSE 9.3 and linux in general unabatedshagie Linux - Newbie 16 05-19-2005 01:52 PM
A couple linux server questions... SonoranFun Linux - Distributions 1 01-25-2005 08:49 AM
A couple of Linux newbie questions BBB Linux - Newbie 4 09-03-2004 09:18 AM
How to download Linux? and a couple other questions... RHLinuxGUY Linux - Newbie 3 12-01-2003 06:29 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:55 AM.

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