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Old 05-08-2005, 11:29 AM   #1
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Installing linus operating system

I have windows 2000 and windows office 2000 on my computer it is installed on partion C . My hard drive is partitioned into several . D: can be formatted and left empty as well as F; have some things on E that pertain to windows 98.
Will send you specifics of my computer in the bottom part of this message.
I have a Suse not sure of what one it is downloaded it a few months ago on to a CD . My question is I would like to have this or another operating system installed on my hard drive and am not sure if I will be able to do this. I sort of enjoyed playing around with this operating system but disliked the time it took to get into it and use it than once done searching doing things with it would have to shut down computer so am thinking would like to have it on the hard drive is this possible and how do I go about doing it?

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Computer Name: Home-pdugqk5l0l (in WORKGROUP)
Profile Date: Sunday, May 08, 2005 10:25:07 AM
Advisor Version: 6.1
Windows Logon: Ruth Hennessey

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Operating System System Model
Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 (build 2195) ECS M935U 1.0
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.70 gigahertz Intel Celeron
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
128 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: ECS M935U 1.0
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T 04/02/01
Drives Memory Modules c,d
41.07 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
25.08 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8320B [CD-ROM drive]

Maxtor 6E040L0 [Hard drive] (41.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n E1GFH44E, rev NAR61590, SMART Status: Healthy 512 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot '0' has 256 MB
Slot '1' has 256 MB
Slot '2' is Empty
Slot '3' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes

c: (on drive 0) 10.48 GB 2.50 GB free
d: (on drive 0) 10.48 GB 10.44 GB free
e: (on drive 0) 10.48 GB 5.12 GB free
f: (on drive 0) 9.64 GB 7.03 GB free
Network Drives

Users Printers
local user accounts last logon
Administrator 1/31/2005 6:05:29 PM (admin)
Ruth Hennessey 5/8/2005 9:24:25 AM (admin)
local system accounts
ASPNET never
Guest never

DISABLED Marks a disabled account; LOCKED OUT Marks a locked account

EPSON Stylus C64 Series on USB001
hp deskjet 930c series on USB002
Windows NT Fax Driver on MSFAX:
Controllers Display
Standard floppy disk controller
Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]
SiS PCI IDE Controller WinFast A340 [Display adapter]
DAYTEK DT-1726D [Monitor] (15.7"vis, November 1999)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
SiS 7002 USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller C-Media AC97 Audio Device
MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
Standard Game Port
Communications Other Devices
U.S. Robotics 56K Fax PCI [Modem]
SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter
Network Card MAC Address: 00:0A:E6:74:26:9A
Network IP Address: / 20 PC/AT Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard (101/102-Key)
Microsoft PS/2 Mouse
USB 2.0 Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub
Old 05-08-2005, 12:30 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to LQ Since you have a spare partition, simply boot from your install cd and point the install at your unpartitioned space. Remember - Windows will then be no longer able to see the Linux partition (your letters may change) and Linux doesn't use c: d: etc. Otherwise it will all go well.
Old 05-08-2005, 04:22 PM   #3
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Hopefully, these links will help.

BTW, the OS is called Linux. Linus Torvalds is the guy that released the first kernel source.

Preparing to install Linux:
# Choosing a Linux Distribution:
Will your hardware work?
Do you have good RAM? Memtest86 - A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic
A Beginner's Guide to Choosing a Linux Distribution
Reasons to Choose or Not Choose Linux
LWN distro list
elinux Linux Distributions
# Freeware tools for partitioning/resizing hard drive partitions:
Any Linux Live CD usually have fdisk, cfdisk and other tools available
Ranish Partition Manager
# Understanding Linux Filesystem layout:
Directory Navigation Help File
Filesystems, Directories, and Devices Help File
Proper Filesystem Layout
Advanced filesystem implementor's guide (requires registration)

Do I buy a boxed source, download off the internet or buy some cheap CDs?
It's your choice! If you download, I suggest that you check the md5sums on the Linux ISO Images and make sure you know how to burn ISOs in Windows to install Linux
# Cheap CDs
Discount Linux CDs
Linux Central
Os Heaven

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