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Old 08-31-2014, 10:13 AM   #1
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Primary and Extended Partition types

Does/Should it matter if Linux uses Primary or Extended Partitions?

If it does:
Should the /swap partition be Primary or Extended?
Should the / (root) partition be the other?

Thanks, Tracey
I want to install multiple distributions of Linux

I have Win2K on PATA Master Drive (for now)
I want the Linux(es) on the PATA Secondary Drive (for now).

The Linux installation processes mention:
root (/)
swap (/swap)
Old 08-31-2014, 10:46 AM   #2
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Does/Should it matter if Linux uses Primary or Extended Partitions?
You can install and/or boot Linux from a primary or logical partition, doesn't matter. Same with swap.
Creating a / (root) partition on which to put the filesystem and creating a swap partition is the basic/standard method.
If you are using W2K, how old is this computer and what is the hardware? Many newer full Linux distributions will not run on older hardware.
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Choose the right distribution and you will find many Linux(s) which will run at full speed.

Try XFCE if you have 512MB (or possibly less).
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If you want to install multiple distro's then you'll want an Extended partition, because the other distro's will be placed there. The only difference is that they'll be sharing the same swap partition.


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