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Old 01-18-2003, 02:31 PM   #1
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Wanted to start with Linux for Win 2000

Please let me know wheich file to download to install winlinux
My PC runs Win 2002 and I am aware winlinux is suitable for
And dont need to part the disk, etc

Can you help? Which file it is where is and some tips to install and start

Thanks in advance
Old 01-18-2003, 03:19 PM   #2
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If you want to try Linux I'd recommend Knoppix over WinLinux - from what I've heard you get much better results that way. You just burn the CD then reboot. Over 2 gigs of software, all available, no install needed. When done, take the CD out and reboot.
Old 01-18-2003, 11:23 PM   #3
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Knoppix or Run on CD won't work unless you are using FAT, FAT16 or FAT32 on your C:\ drive, not NTFS. WinLinux will install on any drive as long as it is a FAT file system. But the WinLinux installer is looking for a Win95/98/ME registry to "detect" hardware. I havent tried WinLinux 2003 to see what it was about but WinLinux 2001 wasnt as bad as some make it out to be. It is easier to get accustomed to it if the GUI works to start with. It is Linux, it does have many features present, it is stable, but DON'T think that because it is Linux that all Linuxes are going to be the same as it is.

If you dont have a second computer to install Linux on you might consider adding a second hard drive to your computer and installing Linux to the "D:\" drive. This drive would be recognized as /dev/hdb. Any partitions you make on that drive will be listed as /dev/hdb1, /dev/hdb2, /dev/hdb3 ..... you can see the pattern developing.

It kind of makes a difference what type of filesystem you are currently using on the drive you intend to install it on. Phat Linux, Loop Linux and tinyX are a few other possibilties to try out. As long as you are using a Fat filesystem, I dont think that the first 2 use the Windows registry to detect the hardware. I know tinyX doesnt.
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Well, I'm sorry, but you're mistaken. It doesn't matter at all what you have on your HD, or if you have a HD at all for that matter, to run Knoppix. It boots and runs from CD. You only need to have that option set in your BIOS (most modern pcs do).
Old 01-21-2003, 10:10 PM   #5
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I can't argue that with you. Run On CD does requires you to uncompress a 100meg file to your /dev/hda1 partition. I thought I had tried Knoppix as well and had simular experience, but must have been mistaken. That being the case, Knoppix would be an excellent choice of distribution for someone not wanting to repartition their NTFS drive.


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