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Old 12-11-2003, 06:39 PM   #16
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you should have a fat32 partition somewhere to share data with xp (ntfs writing is experimental), but linux has several native filesystems (ext2/ext3/reisefs are the most common). However i bet the installation process will take you safely on the linux side , so you dont have to prepare partitions in advance.
Just a tip: keep your /home (=documents) on a separate partition, so you can change distribution later without losing data or preferences.
Old 12-11-2003, 07:26 PM   #17
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I would use the Slack software to create and format the Linux partitions. After booting with the cd and logging in as "root" you can type "cfdisk " at the command prompt , then you should be able to see the windows partition and the empty space on the drive. You can then select the empty space to resize and format. You'll need two partitions, one mounted as / "root" and the other as /home .


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