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Old 06-08-2004, 09:53 PM   #16
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Re: Hark a Linux Guru to point this newbie to his right Linux flavor.


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Originally posted by Eywanadi
I am looking to explore the land of Linux but am unsure of the correct path to take so I come to you Linux Guru in search of an answer!

My system specs are:

AthlonXP 1800+
Kingston 1GB DDR400
Nvidia 5900FX
WD 80GB 7200 8mb cache
MSI KT4AV motherboard

I have WindowsXP installed and wish to keep it as my main OS ... you see I just want to dabble in Linux first.

It would be great if I did not have to partition my hard drive to Install Linux ... but I would not mind it taking up 30-50gb of hard drive space.

So what version of Linux is for me?
Here's the thing, with that system I am assuming that you probably have NT based windows such as XP. So far linux can't do NT partition resizing and windows is going to take up the whole drive. To use linux you can

1. Get a live-cd buy getting a friend to burn one for you or buying one
2. Wipe the harddrive and start fresh
3. Buy partition magic ($50) and resize the NTFS drive (why hasen't somebody made a linux version of this?)
 
Old 06-08-2004, 10:06 PM   #17
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Recent versions of Linux do have the ability to resize NTFS partitions (SuSE and Mandrake both do this). Though Linux does not know how to write to NTFS partitions, nor does it know how NTFS partitions are set up when it comes to things like swap space. This means that If you use the partitioner that comes with Linux distributional you will need to run your windows defragment program before install and than make sure that Linux does not take up so much space that it erases your Windows Swap space (located inconveniently in the middle of your NTFS partition).

For those reasons I too would recommend using Partition Magic to resize your NTFS partition before running a Linux Install.
 
Old 06-09-2004, 04:04 AM   #18
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Seriously.. it's a couple of bucks for a live cd.. if you're that cheap.. get a few ppl to chip in and you can share it..

heck, do you have any friends? if you don't want to use much bandwidth, get a friend to download/burn damnsmalllinux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org) - under 50megs!

if you don't even want to use a CD, do you have a portable USB stick? you can do a boot off one of those with damnsmalllinux. ***// changes are saved ... it's just like a harddrive install... I recommended this for your purposes //***

you can even muck around with console linux from a bootable floppy - http://www.toms.net/rb/ - not graphics though, I don't think this is what you want

Last edited by lrt2003; 06-09-2004 at 04:07 AM.
 
Old 06-09-2004, 05:15 PM   #19
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Originally posted by lrt2003
Seriously.. it's a couple of bucks for a live cd.. if you're that cheap.. get a few ppl to chip in and you can share it..

heck, do you have any friends? if you don't want to use much bandwidth, get a friend to download/burn damnsmalllinux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org) - under 50megs!

if you don't even want to use a CD, do you have a portable USB stick? you can do a boot off one of those with damnsmalllinux. ***// changes are saved ... it's just like a harddrive install... I recommended this for your purposes //***

you can even muck around with console linux from a bootable floppy - http://www.toms.net/rb/ - not graphics though, I don't think this is what you want

Calling me cheap and then asking if I even have friends, my how nice of you! You sure have a sharp sense of social skills there!

I just did not want to have to wait the X number of days for a live CD to be delivered I wanted to dive in right away.
 
Old 06-09-2004, 05:30 PM   #20
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I would download a live cd and have some fun,try it you will like it.
feather is good too!

Last edited by comprookie2000; 06-09-2004 at 05:32 PM.
 
Old 06-09-2004, 05:33 PM   #21
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If you want to mess around with a limited linux console telnet into a war games server
'telnet drill.hackerslab.org'
 
  


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