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Old 03-04-2005, 05:30 PM   #1
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I wanna try many distributions!!

Good day to all @ LQ...

I want installation help!!
I have 4 distributions that i really want to experience..(FC3,Slackware,Mandrake and Dabian)
I want to have the windows in my primary HD (10 gb) and in my other HD (80gb) i want to have all these linux distributions.
So...the question i have is,
Do i have to partition the 80 gb into 4, for all four distributions? Or under one big space (eg 79 gb for the distributions and 1gb for the SWAP space is OK?
I haven't still tried the VM ware solution.. But could someone give a good solution for this matter..

Thank you in Advance.
Regards Azzath.
Old 03-04-2005, 05:37 PM   #2
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the vmware thing is nice, i think that some of the things like certain drivers (nvidia) wouldn't load under vmware, but i found it nice to be able to hit ctrl+alt to get the mouse back to windows then you can find something that u can't figure out and then go back in. its nice to get started with..
Old 03-04-2005, 08:51 PM   #3
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I want installation help!!...I have 4 distributions that i really want to experience..
Do i have to partition the 80 gb into 4, for all four distributions? Or under one big space
Each Linux distribution will require (at least) one partition. Linux also likes a swap partition.
I have been using 3-4GB partitions for testing new distros but they are getting larger. A 5-6GB partition should be fine.
Linux does not require a primary partition.
So perhaps a primary FAT partition for sharing files with Windows, a primary Linux Swap partition, and an extended partition. The extended partition could be split in four or even allowing for partition sizes of 10GB have room left over for other storage.
Use the expert mode (or similar) during your first Linux install to partition the drive as you wish. Designate which partitions to use for Linux swap and root (/). Leave the other partitions empty until your other installs.
You can assign the same swap partition for all the distributions.
Good Luck.
Old 03-05-2005, 04:43 AM   #4
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You might want to have a look at this article before going too distro crazy! :-)


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