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Old 06-07-2005, 11:05 AM   #1
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Anything I should do before installing Linux

Im Installing Red Hat 9 and i want to know if there are any safty precortions i should take first. (back up HD, make boot floppys, ect)
Old 06-07-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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just defrag your drive and go. but you might want to get a newer distro 'cause rh 9 is unsupported and could give you security problems
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little more info...are you installing on the same harddrive as your windows or a different hard drive (assuming you have windows)? Yes backup of data is always good. Other than backup...i cannot think of any other precaution. Just pop in the install cd and see the penguin work!

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Im hoping to make a multiboot system.
Im running Microsoft Windows XP and its on the same Hardrive ( would u recomend using a Ipod Mini as the hard drive? ) and i will consider a different distro. Any recomendations?

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Old 06-07-2005, 11:38 AM   #5
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try fedora core it's like rh but it's still supported and free or suse I had alot of trouble with .rpm based distros so you might try debian it would be less complicated to install new software but you can get apt-get (debian's package manager) for .rpm based distros. If you mean installing linux on an ipod mini and using it as a harddrive I wouldn't the ipod isn't quite a standard usb harddrive and the mini is so small that you wouldn't have much room for your music. just defrag your harddrive right before you install linux so it can shrink your windows partition and install linux on the same drive.
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Backup anything you don't want to lose, it can vanish in a second. I would recommend dual booting in case you run into problems you can go back into windows to find answers on the net. Also consider something newer than RH9, like Mandriva or Suse to start with would be my choices but you may prefer something else. Good Luck
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I would make sure you have the details of your hardware written down. In particular: Monitor Max Resolution, Horizontal and Vertical refresh rates.

Also, video card specs, sound card specs, .......

I hope this helps


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