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Old 07-06-2004, 07:00 PM   #1
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can I get help installing and configuring Linux?

Is there anyone in Akron Ohio area that can help me gert linux on my computer? I want to get new hard drive and run dual boot but cant get enough info to know I can run my computer on Linux. Is there anyone that can help me?
Old 07-06-2004, 08:56 PM   #2
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What are you system specs? Have you downloaded/bought/aquired a linux distro yet? If so what distro?
Old 07-06-2004, 09:20 PM   #3
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Sure, you can get help. There is several ways. Let's list them.

First, there are these things called "books". Books are magical superpower objects that hold knowledge. Knowledge about, well just about everything. You can find these "books" in a places that sell them. These places are called a "bookstore".

There is also this thing called the Internet. It's a superpower domain, and you can find knowledge on many many subjects in this mysterous place called the Internet.
The Internet got the so-called "search engines" that you use.

There is this things on the Internet called message boards where people meet and share questions and answers. You happen to be on one of them. There is many many more around.

Last, there are these things called "clubs". Clubs are made from people who share the same interests. Linux clubs are called Lugs. You use the Internet to find a LUG "club" near you.
Old 07-06-2004, 09:27 PM   #4
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as dopefish mentioned, first you need to decide which linux distro you will be running. You can add a second hard drive and install linux on the second drive. You'll need to configure either lilo or grub to have a double boot. Redhat 9 was pretty easy to install. go to and download the distro you want. Make sure to burn whatever disto you download as an ISO image. Once you have installed your second drive and downloaded the distro you want, you will be halfway there. If you have any problems , come back and post your questions, there are lots of people here that can help.
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Old 07-07-2004, 03:58 PM   #6
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bigeasy628 -- Welcome to LQ. I would recommend checking out the LUG forum here at LQ, and in particular XavierP's post describing how to locate a local LUG.

Additionally, questions regarding how to install and configure Windows+Linux as a dual boot system are very common, and using the Search function here will likely turn up numerous threads containing useful information. As snakeo2 has already indicated, if you encounter any obstacles or have questions along the way, post back. Good luck with the project -- J.W.
Old 07-07-2004, 04:26 PM   #7
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I will guess that your computer has WinXP installed now.

Even if you have a high speed internet connection, I still recommend buying you first distro on CDs. Instead of trying to figure out "what to download".

For ease of installation & start up, I recommend Mandrake.

for less than $7.50 you get 3 LABELED CDs that are as easy to install as Windows. Of course, you can look around. White Box Enterprise [Red Hat WITHOUT the name] is another good choice.

These distros have a utility [similar to Partition Magic] that will "make room" on your present hard drive for Linux.

CAUTION: You must read EACH SCREEN very carefully and select "Use AVAILABLE space NOT entire drive [there goes Windows !] when you set up partitions.

Installing a 2nd hard drive is a more expensive & complicated way to go.

Personally, I have a TRIOS hard drive switcher with THREE hard drives. One 10 gig drive is Mandrake 9.0 only and a 20 gig drive is dual boot [Win98SE & Red Hat 8.0] so I have a little of both setups.
Old 07-07-2004, 05:11 PM   #8
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When I dabbled into Linux at 1st I used Mandrake and RH....I am "still" a newbie to Linux and now I use Fedora (which is derived somewhat from RH anyways). But I'll be honest, I have learned more now with Fedora than I did with Mandrake and RH, but I think that's b/c I have more of the desire to learn now. There are also some places like and sites like this to help you. And there is also The Linux Documentation Project as well (online site with nothing but docs, how-to's, and what not for Linux).


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