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Old 09-11-2003, 07:40 PM   #1
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About to Install Linux

I am about to put Suse Linux 8.2 on my machine and want to make sure I have done absolutely everything right. Using Partition Magic, I created a FAT32 partition of 8,000 MB and made it a primary (rather than a logical) partition.

My questions:

1) I am assuming it's okay to use FAT32 and the SUSE installation process will automatically reformat it as it wants to. Is this right?

2) Should I load in BootMagic before I install linux or after or not at all? I want to be absolutely sure that the machine has Windows as its active partition, i.e. it boots to Windows unless I tell it otherwise. Sorry, but until I get the hang of Linux, this is the way it's got to be.

Thanks so much for your help.

Old 09-11-2003, 08:18 PM   #2
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SuSE will format the partition to whatever it needs. However, I'd strongly suggest having more than one partition set aside for Linux. I'm not familiar with SuSE's installation process, but it may give you the option to automatically divide up the available space. Do that, if possible. At any rate, it will probably allow you to repartition the available space prior to installing, so you don't need to use Partition Magic for that.

I don't know anything about BootMagic, but SuSE will certainly give you the ability to dual-boot with Windows; even if it does not boot into Windows by default, it's relatively easy to configure that behavior after you've installed.

Good luck!
Old 09-12-2003, 04:26 AM   #3
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just did something similar with MDK9.1

i used partition magic from 98SE to free up space at the end of the hard drive - i didnt format it to anything btw but i doubt that the free space being in FAT32 will hurt. my mandrake install offered to use the free space to make partitions automatically and i just said yes. seemed to work fine.

i use lilo to chose which OS to load. by default lilo will send you into linux (automatically after 10s if you dont say otherwise). if you want windows to come up auto, you'll have to edit etc/lilo.conf at some point and re-run lilo.

viz a viz bootmagic (i think you'll be sorted with lilo btw). i managed to louse up lilo once and before restoring lilo with the rescue disk i tried bootmagic - didnt work.

if you DO get bootmagic to work, make sure you post it back here so others can benefit from your experience!

Old 09-12-2003, 06:14 AM   #4
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I just installed SuSE 8.2 myself. It will do everything for you. I had the whole drive for windows when I started. SuSE will analyze everything and present you with its recommendations which you can change or accept. It will resize the windows partition and set up the linux side. It is straightforward and easy to follow with help a click away (life saver button).

As for booting, that is part of the YAST process so you can configure your boot process easily.

SuSE is a great transition version. I found it very easy to get set up as a newbie to linux (a month now). It even recognized my old awe 64 and configured it by itself.

I would just put the cd in start the computer and follow along. It truly is easy to do.

Have fun!


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