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My system now runs on windows XP dual with Fedora core 3.Windows is messed up ,so i am going to format all the drives and setup a triple boot.
I have a 80 GB SATA and a 20 GB ATA HDD. I am thinking of having an triple boot. I have
* Windows XP Pro
* Fedora core 3
* Free BSD 5.3
* Slackware 10
I need Windows XP for sure. So I wanted to know the other 2 OS that is good to install. I dont play games or do much of programming. I just need to know more about the different OS.
And how do I go about setting it, like in which order should I install?
you'll want to install xp first...windows is pretty selfish and demands the first install, which actually leaves you with less problems when installing linux, so xp first.
as for the other os's..if you're pretty new at this, i'd stick with fedora and slack. i don't know much (read:nothing) about free bsd, so i can't really comment on that, but fedora is pretty user friendly and easy to learn with, and slackware 10 is just an excellent distro...you'll learn much with slack...soooo...i'd go:
Freebsd is leaning more towards the UNIX side of things. It is an awesome OS and sweet for many types of servers. There doesn't seem to be as much hype about it as compared to linux. But none the less if you can spare the space i would highly recommend installing Freebsd as well. The filesystem is different as it will most likely want to install to ufs2.
Go to the freebsd website and read up on the installation manual before you get started. Its about the same difficulty level as compared to slackware. But be sure to read up on device names as they are quite a bit different from linux.
I noticed recently that if you create extended linux partitions, FreeBSD may not install on your system. For some reason it only installs alongside linux if the hard drive only contains primary partitions.
FreeBSD really is no more difficult to install than, say, Slackware. You *must* have a spare primary partition though, it won't go on a logical partition. It uses different terminology for disks and partitions, which you shoud read up on.