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Old 12-13-2008, 10:59 PM   #1
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Exclamation i am extremly new


i have red hat 9 and am currently running xp with service pack 3.my question is if i install linux will that be my os or will i still have xp and linux just be a program i can open.as i said...i am a complete noob and any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-13-2008, 11:55 PM   #2
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Welcome to HQ. Just a Heads up but it will help in the future if you will make your thread title a little more descriptive like information about windows and dual booting.

First I would get FC9 (stable) and I think FC10 is still beta. RH 9 is a little outdated. Now to answer your question it depends on your space. If you have free space then just install linux there and Grub or Lilo to your mbr and you will be able to boot up either linux or Windows. If you used all space for windows, you can use gparted to shrink your windows partition.

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Old 12-14-2008, 12:24 AM   #3
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Welcome to HQ. Just a Heads up but it will help in the future if you will make your thread title a little more descriptive like information about windows and dual booting.

First I would get FC9 (stable) and I think FC10 is still beta. RH 9 is a little outdated. Now to answer your question it depends on your space. If you have free space then just install linux there and Grub or Lilo to your mbr and you will be able to boot up either linux or Windows. If you used all space for windows, you can use gparted to shrink your windows partition.
first off...whats FC9...and were do i get it...second what is GRUB and Lilo..and were do i get them...also..can i install linux on another drive and what do u think the space requirements are???
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Old 12-14-2008, 12:34 AM   #4
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FC 9 is Fedora Core 9. After RH9 it forked into RHEL or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This is there version that is sold by Red hat on a paid support basis. Fedora Core is their community version. For servers Look into CentOS. Identical to there Server version just without the logos or support line.

As for space requirements that depends on what you want to do with your machine. for a test machine I would say that 15 gig should be a great test space.

Grub and lilo are boot managers. They are basically executables that launch after your pcs post. Their job is to kick off your Linux kernel so that your system will boot. It is also capable of booting windows. However windows can't boot linux.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 12:39 AM   #5
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Fedora 10 is out, BTW.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 12:48 AM   #6
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is there like a noob guide that tells me step by step how to do all this stuff.i mean...were do i install the bootables??can someone direct me to a place to get a complete noob guide.thanks

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p.s my girl just left me
 
Old 12-14-2008, 01:13 AM   #7
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http://www.linux.ie/newusers/beginners-linux-guide/ Here is the guide for you however I don't think you will find anything about relationship management. Good Luck
 
Old 12-14-2008, 01:19 AM   #8
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Hey Smurfgod-

As far as a step by step easy to use setup I would recommend using Ubuntu's Wubi installer

http://wubi.sourceforge.net/

It installs like a regular Windows program and sets up a dual boot for you. Where you can boot into both Linux and Windows. No risk of losing any of your data.

As for step-by-step how tos- I recommend both the Ubuntu forums or LQ itself.

LQ also has a Wiki section which walks you through some common things... you may also want to check there.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 02:56 AM   #9
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No one learns linux out of a book. You just have to get your hands dirty.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 01:24 PM   #10
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No one learns linux out of a book. You just have to get your hands dirty.
Books and experience go hand and hand. Books are great at teaching you where to look for what is causing the problem and the commands to move around. So yes you can learn about linux from a book.

Actually I got my start from reading a book on Red hat 6. Learned alot about the file system, the commands, and general stuff. Then learned the read through problems that I ran into.
 
Old 12-15-2008, 01:45 AM   #11
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Usually if you boot to the Fedora or Red Hat or whatever distro you are using it should allow like was above said use Gparted to change the space on your disk. Usually go to (I don't know for sure RH and FC) something like system > gparted, or system>diskmanagement, look for something like that and when open it will show a bar with info in it such as dev/sda or something of the like. just chose how much space Linux will use and then install to that newly made partition after resizing it. then it should reboot and you will have 10 seconds by default to chose either windows/linux
I would recommend that you start with Ubuntu since it is just a little bit easier to "play" with over the other distros I have come across.
 
  


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