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Old 11-08-2003, 06:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy n00b boot/migration plz help me

lo, right 1st things 1st i am a Linux Ive had an old system (AMD K6-2 333Mhz, 64MB RAM, 4Gb HDD) that ive been playing aroudn with linux on but ive decided thats its too slow and a pain in the arse so i want to stick a final linux on said HDD and put it into my windows box as a dual boot XP/linux but i jus dont know about the boot shananigans would this be done automatically by LILO/grub and which would be the best distro as i hav Zeus, Redhat, Mandrake, Lindows, Lycoris, Knoppix, Corel but have been told that Gentoo is the one to go for or slackware if im a quick learner, TIA


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Old 11-08-2003, 06:44 PM   #2
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heh created typo member name

heh created typo member name sry bout that but ChopSueyX is my username, jus had a typo when i created the acct.
Old 11-08-2003, 07:04 PM   #3
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i'm downloading Slack as i speak but i dont know which Gentoo to get i have a Athlon 1400 and dont know wether to get the i386 or the AlthlonXP version are there any real diferences will both still work?
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i386 will abosultely work(but get the i686 livecd instead if u can), the athlon-xp one may or may not work on a regular athlon, but chances are it probably won't.
Gentoo is a little tough on newbies cus you have to do every aspect of the installation manually, partition with fdisk, format, activate swap, install bootloader, edit configuration files manually, extract packages from the cd, mount and chroot the new root partition, so on and so forth.
But fortunately someone has written an installation script, I havent tried it before but you can find it here:
Imo Slackware is actually a simple and straight forward distro, unlike some other distros it's not overly customized, however like gentoo it can be tough for newcomers to linux because a lot of things have to be done manually(but at least it comes with a functional installation script).
As for the boot loader just install grub/lilo in the mbr and have it load xp and linux.
Old 11-08-2003, 11:38 PM   #5
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We'll ive put Mandrake 9.1 for now with GRUB on an its all working fine when ive got slack ill prolly swap distro to see whats its like


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