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Time Lord 09-11-2003 08:04 AM

Deleting a Linux Distro
If I load a Linux distro on my machine, and decide that I really don't like it, or want to chang to a different distro, is it difficult to get it off?


neonik 09-11-2003 09:13 AM

there's no problem with deleting a distribution you don't like, espeically in case you decide to install a new one over the provided distribution.

the way it can be done:
1. run the installator (from a boot-cd for example) and simply find an option to format the partition that's used for your previous distribution, or for instance them all (in case there are more than one, eg /boot, /usr etc - depends on distribution)
2. wait till it's done with the new installation

another way would be to format the partitions manually; theoretically there's also a possibility to delete all the files that are present on the partitions which were used by your old distribution - doing so out from a system that supports ext/reiser file systems.

most of the distributions which have an installation program (system installation) have this option - to format the partition it's about to be installed onto.

so just format it and done.

kazuni 09-11-2003 09:14 AM

not really, if you know what you are doing...
in winblows-wise, a re-partition will do
in linux, just re-format/re-use your existing partition will do as well

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