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Old 08-21-2004, 11:55 PM   #1
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Many questions, feedback requested

So I'm pretty much fed up with Windows and I want to get as far away from it as possible. Heres my situation:

I use my PC for internet access and playing 1 game, Asheron's Call. I don't know if I can run the game under linux, so I'm assuming I have to keep XP installed to play it. Thats fine with me, but after trying to install Redhat 8 (with no success) I realized I needed more info.

First of all, which distro will work best for my situation. I'm a newb when it comes to linux, so something with a small learning curve would be good. I'm also looking for compatibility. Heres my system specs:

AMD Athlon 2100+
1024 MB's DDR Ram
80 GB IBM Harddrive
ATI Radeon 9700 Graphics Card
Soundblaster Audigy Gamer Sound Card
ASUS KTV333 Motherboard
Linksys PCI Ethernet Card

So with those specs and my requirments, which distro would you all suggest? Also, will I have to completely reformat my HD to install Linux? Thank you very much for your input!
Old 08-22-2004, 12:28 AM   #2
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When installing more than one OS, each needs it's own disk partition.
Actually a Linux install can be split onto numerous disk partitions, but a swap and / (root) are the usual minimum. Linux does not require a primary partition.
Your choices are either a second hard drive for Linux or resizing your current Windows partition.
Remember you need to look carefully for resizing tools for NTFS.
While you are resizing, it is not a bad idea to create a FAT32 partition for easy file transfer. Linux does not write to NTFS well yet (possible file corruption). Both Linux and Windows can read and write to FAT32.
A good idea for testing Linux is to try one of the "Live CDs".
Knoppix is one of the best, there are lots of others.
Any of the major distributions should be okay, check their hardware compatibility page.
Most also have some of their install documentation online.
Good Luck.
Old 08-22-2004, 01:41 PM   #3
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Bear in mind that RH 8 is old and out of support. The CDs aren't worth keeping.

My take on the "which distribution" question is that it depends on whether you are primarily interested in learning Linux for servers, programming etc. or whether you just want a desktop. Fedora is the best for learning on, but has a fast turnover of software. I think that SUSE is the best overall distribution for desktops because it's readily available, supported by vendors, includes all the software you'll want, comes with good documentation, has graphical interfaces for everything, and SUSE will provide updates for two years for each version. Most distributions stop support for a version after 12-18 months. I believe that it will detect a Windows installation and sort out the partitions for you as well. I prefer Red Hat, but SUSE is the better drop-in Windows replacement.

Winex is commercial software that will enable you to run Windows games on Linux. I don't use it so I don't know how well it would meet your particular requirements.

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