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Old 01-20-2003, 10:42 AM   #1
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With luck...I hope you all are seeing a little of yourselves in my posts I started this now it has become and obsession.! I need a good resource for Linux ,printed or online. I want something that will give me a good start point and explain whatís going on as I go . I learn better that way . Iím playing around with loading Mandrake Linux 9.0 on my main machine , gave up on the Pentium Pro for now , just because it was available I loaded it onto a 1 gig hard drive . Why is Linux splitting the hard drive into 3ís thus limiting the stuff I can install ? The one gig becomes 475 ext2 , 75 swap and 475 . The numbers are rounded but the result is even on my AMD K-6 2-450 I can barely load anything on the 1 gig . Once I get this understood it will get me a little further . If anyone is running a Pentium Pro on Linux please let me know which distro . Thanks for everyoneís help and patients with me .. K
Old 01-20-2003, 10:57 AM   #2
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Basically Linux needs or setups 3 partitions.


If you do a custom installation where you can setup your own partitions, you can create a swap and / partition.

Though it is recommended to have those three as swap is used for memory swapping, think of it as virtual ram, /boot is needed for boot files and everything else is loaded under /.

Using a 1 gig drive for Mandrake 9 is pushing it a little. With a default installation its going to load as much as it can, most Linux distros will have over 2 gigs of packages these days.

Though if you do a minimal install of the basics, you can usually narrow it down a bit.
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Old 01-20-2003, 06:39 PM   #4
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Hey fellow LINUX users/abusers there is a GOOD book on SALE @Barnes and Noble Booksellers called "SECRETS OF REDHAT LINUX 3rd Edition by Naba Barkakati published on IDG Books.
It comes witha copy of REDHAT 6.0 (Hedwig 2.2.5-15 version distro). I paid $7.98 for it (as opposed to its original; list for $39.99 US Dollars. It is rather straight -forward reading especially when Compared to MacMillan Sotfware Mandrake -RedHat 6.5 boxed set. even if it is an OLD distro,the book alone is worth checking out. chilibowl
Old 01-20-2003, 06:43 PM   #5
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If you really want to play around with Linux you are simply going to have to get a bigger HD so you can check out all the different software available.
Old 01-22-2003, 12:53 AM   #6
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But I found out the real problem was Mandrake Linux 9.0 it won't run on a Pentium Pro . I now have Slackware 8.1 running on the machine . I have another hard drive ready and waiting for when I understand more . Like the about person I found a book cheap with RH Linux 7.2 in it ( a note inside sys 8.0 ) . I'm having fun now and learning a lot . I just wanted to see if I could get it setup on a minimum machine . It runs very well and connected to my hub EASY so now I'm able to transfer stuff easy . Still at the beginning of the learning curve . Thanks for all of the help


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