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Old 09-16-2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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Best option for installing linux


I have a laptop with 30 GB HDD with most of it occupied by Windows XP

Now that I want to try my hand out at Linux I was wondering what would be the best way to install it ?

I feel 30 GB is way too less for dual boot and I ll be crunched for HD space

Is external HDD a viable option ? or another Internal HDD with ? 60GB?

I would really like to install lotsa software on Linux & experiment it out..

Let me know

Old 09-16-2005, 09:09 AM   #2
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Get yourself a live cd and use Linux that way - initially.
I've had XP and three Linux distros set up on a 40gig drive. Most distros don't need much beyond 4 or 5 gig.

Most distros have live cd's. Of note (IMHO) are Simply Mepis and Ubuntu.
Check out

Hope this helps.
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Go w/ Larger HD

Seeing as how you want to try out a lot of things, you may want to just go ahead and do the larger Harddrive. 30 GB would work as a dual boot, but not if you're filling up one of the partitions.

You [i]could[/] use the external idea, but I don't know how you'd get it to boot off of that. Perhaps you could use it as extra storage in a dual boot scenario. Just make sure it's not formated as NTFS, Linux doesn't do well with NTFS in the writing sense.
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Which one would be a good option (in terms of cost and perfomace)

An internal notebook hard drive or an external USB drive of nearly the same capacity (say ~80GB)??

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30GB is more than enough space for a dual boot setup.


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