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Old 09-21-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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Installing Linux and Partitioning

The last laptop i installed red hat 9.0 onto worked out to be okay....except red hat uses this thing called disk druid , but isntead i chose the automatica partition option and it ended up just completely taking over my whole HD, kicking out my XP i lost the XP by using the auto-partition..................

my real questions is this:

knowing that auto partition will likely do the same thing on another laptop i have, are there any other Linux distributors that have easier Partition programs than red hat's Disk Druid which is foreign language to me (im linux newbie)...something that will do it automaticaaly-ish but wont use up my WHOLE HD, leaving no room for Windows and ultimately just pushing it out without my consent.

Old 09-22-2004, 12:00 AM   #2
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Installing RH9 the easiest way (apart from automatically partition) is using Disk Druid.

If you give it a go you'll be fine for the future. To get you up and running just create 3 partitions.

Create the first partition and call it /boot make it type ext3 and make it 100MB,
Create the 2nd partition and call it / make it type ext3 and make it say 10GB if you can,
Create the 3rd partition and make it type 'swap' you should normally make this partition twice the size of the amount of RAM you have in your machine.

If you do that you should be right to install the rest of RH9, and it WON'T remove your XP partition

Old 09-22-2004, 02:57 AM   #3
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I have tried a couple of distributions on the way, and I say that SuSE and Mandrake have fairly intuitive partitioning programs. I agree with Craig, 'cept maybe you should make a /home partition, too - it is easier later on, if you have to install another partition or distribution.
An example of needs and setup: I set up a Mandrake system on a laptop for a friend; I know she won't install any new programs, other than updates (which will be done by me, since the most stupid thing I could do would be to supply her with the root password). On her 30 GB HD, I created a roughly 15 GB root partition, a 14 GB /Home and 1GB of /Swap. This is due to the fact that she keeps a lot of pictures and music. She gives lectures on physical therapy and writes a lot. So this is basically document storage.


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