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Old 12-26-2003, 01:47 AM   #1
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I have Win98SE still installed and am slowly making the transistion to linux. I wanted to go about this the easy way. I am all for doing away with Windows all together but have the better half to be concerned with. I have tried several distro's and like all that I have tried ( on a backup machine ). Since my wife is not to crazy about completely doing away with windows just yet, I thought that Lycoris would be a great way to introduce her to linux. My problem now is installing it along side Windows so that she can still run windows and "play" with linux. I am not sure on how to re-partition the drive so I can install Lycoris. Can I just install Lycoris from booting and it create a partition without wiping out windows? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have a 20gb HD and was thinking of 10 & 10, you know, K.I.S.S. LOL
Old 12-26-2003, 03:32 AM   #2
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You'll need a partition editor of you have the full 20 gigs on one partition. I'm not dure if the Lycoris installer has one or not, but I suspect it does. Read the documentation a bit on this one.
IMO - A better partitioning scheme would be like this:
1. Primary first partition 10 gigs for Win98, unshared in linux.
2. 256mb to 1024mb swap as Second primary partition.
3. 5 gigs for the / in linux for the 3rd primary partition.
4. first SECONDARY partition ~2 gigs formatted as FAT32 to share between both operating systems. (nice for holding iso images etc. or other big D/L items )
5. second secondary partition - remainder of space for the /home dir in linux. (used if you ever need to reinstall, won't get overwritten automagically).
Old 12-26-2003, 09:24 AM   #3
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Use a nondestructive partition resizer (like PartitionMagic or GnuParted) to resize the big Windows primary partition to 10gb, leaving 10gb of unpartitioned space. Then (probably during the Linux installation, it may even automatically make all the partitons for you) make a 10gb extended partition (a partiton that carries logical partitons, to get around the 4 primary partiton limit). Put the rest of the partitons in there. All the Linux partitons can be logical, unlike Win98. Swap shouldn't be more than 500mb, and you may not need it at all if you have alot of ram. Don't see much use for the extra FAT partiton.

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Old 12-26-2003, 11:19 PM   #4
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I really apprecate the good advise, now to get that partitioning tool. Have a safe and heppy holiday season!


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