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Old 02-09-2005, 07:10 AM   #1
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Talking System and Storage.

Hello Peeps!

After playing around with linux for the last couple of days, fixing issues ive had (mostly thanx to you fine people) Ive decided to switch to linux . I think im ether going to go for FC3 or debian. I havent Made my mind up yet, im just Jigdo'ing the DVD for debian now. Ive got a couple of questions for you befor i format!

Which do you think i sould go for FC3 or Debian? I like Yum on FC3, its a sweet tool. Its also very easy to install the os and it comes with a relitvly new kernel (to my knowlage). On the other hand, it seems that alot of people use Debian, and it does have the infomus APT, although the installation seems alot more complicated, since its in text mode.

Also, i have two hard drives that i would like to dedicate to linux.

1 IDE 0 Drive, 80GB
1 SATA Drive, 200GB

My question is really, can i install the whole OS on the IDE drive and use the SATA drive as a storage drive? How would i go about this?

Thanks alot guys!

Old 02-09-2005, 07:25 AM   #2
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Yeah, you can install all of linux on the 80gb IDE drive. Linux will probably need about 5gb in total (to allow for additional software, logs etc).

When you install it on the hard drive, make sure that you partition the drive so that:
/boot is the first partition
you have a swap partition
/home is not on the same partition as / (root)

some people also suggest putting /tmp and /var on seperate partitions as well, for security reasons.

I'd also recommend partitioning the data hard drive because if one partition of a hard drive corrupts in linux, it is possible to recover the rest of the partitions. Therefore, if you make it into, say 4 partitions of 50gb each, then you will be spreading the risk.

Regarding OS: I have been told that Debian shouldn't really be your first linux install because it is hard. You should probably just go for FC3.

That is just my opinions, wait for what others say.


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