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Old 02-03-2004, 04:25 PM   #1
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Need for a swap partition? And some other questions!


I'm about to set up my PC to run Linux, but I have still some questions *before* I do all the disk partitioning, installing, etc:

1. When running a system with 1GB RAM, do I need a swap partition at all?

2. The very popular book "Linux" by Michael Kofler ( repeatedly points out that installing LILO in the MBR *will* lead to conflicts if there's already a Windows NT/2k/XP bootmanager installed in the MBR.
Well... I already installed several distros next to a WinXP Pro system, whereas LILO *was* installed in the MBR and I didn't experience any problems. I simply could start the Windows BM from the LILO menu.
Is Kofler's information outdated (my edition of the book is from Dec '03)?

3. Is ext3 stable? I'm not sure whether to use ext2 or ext3.

4. Is NTFS write support still experimental?

Thanks in advance.
Old 02-03-2004, 04:29 PM   #2
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1. I would still use a swap partition, but it doesn't need to be that big, maybe 256mb or something, just in case.

2. Don't worry about it, LILO can chainload the windows boot loader so put it on the MBR.

3. Ext3 is stable, Rieserfs is stable as well, and way better then ext3. Use Rieserfs.

4. NTFS write support works so long as you don't want Windows to be able to read it again I don't recommend using it.
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#1 Welcome to LQ :-)

#1.1 Theoretically you don't need a swap if you have that much ram, but it is always safer to have one.

#2. Lilo in the MBR rarely causes any problems and is the default way to install it.

#3. Ext3 is stable and quite nice I might add.

#4. NTFS write support is still experimental and is most certainly risky at best.

Yeah, have to agree, Reiser is pretty cool. I use it on my SuSE machines.

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Old 02-04-2004, 01:27 AM   #4
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Very well, thanks!


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