Argh I accidently set my browser to "block all" instead of "allow all" cookies when I first came here so I have to retype my post
I'm a university student who's familiar with Windows and (relatively) familiar with UNIX(C). I've decided to set up my computer to dualboot (I just couldn't leave my precious video games and windows based pocket PC behind
), and after looking over a bunch of the major distros decided I would like to use Slackware 9.1.
Anyhoo, I (predictably) have a few questions. I have an Intel P4 with 512 megs of ram, an ASUS/NVidia GeForce video card, and a SB Audigy sound card.
(1) Should I install Windows or Slackware first? I've heard different things from different people. I've installed windows more times than I can count on all available hands / feet, so formatting / partitioning my drive should be like clockwork from DOS / Windows, but I would like the experience of doing it from Linux. Any thoughts?
(2) Does Slackware 9.1 support the NTFS file system that Windows likes to use?
(3) How exactly do I specify a partition to be for Windows and keep Slack from setting up a file system on it? Will this be easily facilitated by the install?
(4) Exactly what kind of partition set-up do you guys recommend? Should I have one partition each for Windows / Slack? Four partitions total, one for each install and then one for each swap? Some other wacky combo? At a minimum should I have a /root partition, a Swap partition, and a /home partition for Linux (this is what I've heard in some places), or can I easily and efficiently get away with just one? Do extra partitions on dualboot systems just overcomplicate things?
(5) I have a second, 120 gig IDE hard-drive on one partition (Ya, that's right one partition hehe. I work with giant video files sometimes that can get up to 80 gigs large, so I couldn't think of any efficient way to split up the drive for it to still be totally usable. Defragging's a major pain though
) Is there any way to access the windows written, NTFS file system on that drive from inside Linux, or for that matter to access my Linux partition from inside windows, or do the two remain independent of one another?
(6) Can I use my SB Audigy sound card in Slack? Or will I have to use my motherboard's on board one?
Thanks in advance guys