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Old 03-30-2004, 08:07 PM   #1
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Installing, upgrading and removing Linux

I have Mandrake 9.2 installed alongside Windows XP Pro. I want to remove my current Linux distro and reinstall it fresh. How can I safely remove Linux from my system and my drives?

Secondly, I want to maybe install a SECOND Linux OS along with Mandrake and Windows XP... say maybe SUSE. How would I go about this? Would they overwrite one another? Would my bootloader see them?

Lastly, this is more a mandrake-specific question. I noticed Mandrake 10 is out. If I want to use it, do I have to re-download it all again? Or will Mandrake's updater take me up to 10 by default? And will other Linux OSes do this too?

Old 03-30-2004, 08:28 PM   #2
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If you just start up the mandrake installation you should be able to format the partition that holds your current mandrake installation which will get rid of. If you want to install another distro you will need to create a seperate partition for that. Your bootloader will be able to boot either of the linux distros, but you will have to use the bootloader installed from the second distro if you want them to be detected automatically.
Old 03-30-2004, 11:51 PM   #3
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To change the first distro, you can just install straight over the top. Mandrake may offer the choice of upgrading if it's a later version.

I've never managed to have more than one distro running without having to manually modify the bootloader (lilo, by preference).

Whether this is because I usually tell it to format the various partition(s) or not ???

Also the Mandrake 10 that's available is the "community edition" - this means that it's a testing version. The final one will be called "Official".

You'd find a few bug's but it seems to work pretty well for me. I just check for updates every 2 or 3 days (bugfixes, security and normal updates).

I think that with mandrake you'd have to re-download the latest or whatever version you want and then either upgrade or install afresh.

If you want a distro that you can do a "dist upgrade" then debian and gentoo will both do this. I would suggest that if debian "presses your buttons", then get knoppix and install it to hard drive - you then just manage it as debian. "Proper" debian can be quite an effort to install, because lots has to be done manually. Gentoo on the other hand, is quite straight forward to install - the install doc's are very good, but the downside is that it can take quite a while - being source based, it likes to compile everything for your machine. You'd have to get the latest 2 disc version then probably the "stage 3 + GRP" would be the quickest (the GRP bit is pre compiled packages - if you did a direct install of say KDE, it likes to download and compile the various packages that make up KDE one at a time - the first time I did that, it took 15 hours).




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