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Old 06-09-2005, 08:26 PM   #1
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best free version of linux? for dell 700m laptop?

what might be the best free version of linux for a dell 700 m and how do i do side by side install of linux? ie. different partition or dual boot
Old 06-09-2005, 08:29 PM   #2
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Preparation is the key to successfully installing Linux as a dual boot.

I would suggest studying these:

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
Old 06-09-2005, 09:03 PM   #3
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Try Mepis. It is a live CD that's also an installer, which includes a partitioning tool.
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Try ubuntu, easy to install and works with anything.
Old 06-09-2005, 09:40 PM   #5
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Knoppix is a live CD and it has an easy install of Debian SID, but uses LILO. I prefer GRUB, myself for the bootloader and it is fairly easy to switch between LILO and GRUB.

Live Linux CD's - Run Linux From A Bootable CD

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Old 06-09-2005, 09:40 PM   #6
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I have Mepis 3.3.1 on a Dell 700m and it picked up everything without problem. I love it!
Old 06-09-2005, 09:50 PM   #7
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I have Slackware 10.1 on my 700m. All the hardware works, and I got the 1280x800 resolution to work. I also had SuSE 9.2 working just fine on it. SuSE was easier to configure, but having Slackware installed I have learned a lot.
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I would suggest trying SUSE (all things work right away) and then MEPIS (easy installation, and all work, except the screen (you may struggle a bit, I am)

Good luck


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