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Old 04-01-2003, 10:10 AM   #1
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Question Where do I start

I want to start using Linux but have no idea which one to use.I wish to keep Windows running while I learn.Can anybody give me any help?
Old 04-01-2003, 10:20 AM   #2
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you just want to explore linux tools and keep running windOS ?

cygwin ( should do what you want
Old 04-01-2003, 10:25 AM   #3
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How much, if any, Linux/UNIX background do you have? Red Hat and Mandrake seem to be the two distributions recommended for complete beginners. You can buy the CD-ROMS or even download them (if you have a fat connection). You can create a dual Windows/Linux system no matter which distribution you choose.

Use the search button on this forum and spend a few days reading. There are many, many posts discussing the pros and cons of the different distributions. Good luck!
Old 04-01-2003, 10:25 AM   #4
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I've heard that Mandrake and Red Hat are the most forgiving for newbies. They both feature an RPM-based software installation system that makes installing new software easier.

Dual booting is usually not too much of a problem, although it is much easier if you have a clean disk. What I did was install Windows first, creating an NTFS partition. Then I installed Mandrake, using the partitioning program in Mandrake to create my root, swap, and usr partitions. You need to make note of the device assignments linux makes to the various partitions. When I set mine up, /dev/hda1 was my Windows partition, and /dev/hda5 was my root partition.

The only tricky point is when you create the boot loader. You have to have menus in it so you can choose between Windows or Linux, and you have to make sure your choices point to the right devices. Otherwise the boot loader will point to /dev/hda1 by default and you might get into some problems.

There are a lot of dual-boot HOWTO's out there, and you should have one that makes the most sense printed out and with you during the installation process.
Old 04-01-2003, 11:39 AM   #5
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System Size

Thank you for your help....

I have an old system with a 2gb Hard Drive will I need to upgrade to load say Red Hat 8.0 ?
Old 04-01-2003, 11:46 AM   #6
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you might want to consider running Knoppix; this is a distro
which can run from cdrom, which allows you to experience
linux without making any changes to your current system.

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