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Old 04-08-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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I am a newbie for Linux.

I am using a Dell Inspiron 6000 , 40 GB HDD, 512 RAM.

I tried the knowppix version. I found it interesting .But, it takes a lot of time to boot as everytime it configures all the hardware devices.

I want to use a dual boot system with XP and Linux. I sit possible for me to install Linux w/o formatting my HDD. (I think this is not possible because I have to have a partitioned HDD for that).

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Old 04-08-2006, 01:11 PM   #2
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Old 04-08-2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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It's quite easy to set up dual booting. In my experience, the easiest distros to do this with are OpenSUSE and Mandriva. I recommend either of those. Another good thing these distros have is a centralised "control centre", a bit like in windows. In SUSE it's called YAST, and in Mandriva it's "Mandiva Control Centre".

Then once you have it installed, you generally want to install multimedia stuff like flash, realplayer, DVD watching etc.. , and want to set the computer to connect to "software repositories" to get all the latest and greatest soft. For SUSE, this will be a great pointer:
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The easiest for me was Ubuntu. It takes about an hour for the installation process to go through but I didn't run into any problems at all. There is a duel boot option also (either LILO or GRUB) but it worked very well for me.

Mandriva does a wonderful job too. That only took me about 15 to 20 minutes to install and it configured my system to duel boot automatically.

Welcome and good luck!!
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Thank u for ur replies.

I tried some shell commands like ,

wlist scanning
iwconfig eth0 essid n/w name.

Also using Kwifimanager I am able to configure everything except IP address. It shows me IP address as not available.
What shd I do?

Also, hw to save the hw config? Becoz everytime it cofigures all the h/w


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