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Old 10-10-2002, 12:29 PM   #1
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Question Dual Boot Win2000/SuSE Linux

I am totally new to Linux and I think it's time to start working with Linux now...

But first, I have to install Linux (I want to use the SuSE, it should be user friendly) with Win2000 and I heard that it's not that easy at all. So I started to read about this and read this :

1. First install Win2000 on your system
2. Use Partition Magic and create:
2.1 A primary Linux formatted partition
2.2 A Linux swap file partition
3. Add Linux to the configuration of Boot Magic

And everything should work...

Here are my questions

I have one HD of 80 GB and one of 10 GB. Isn't it better to use this 10 GB HD for Linux only, in stead of creating the Linux partitions on the same physical HD (I really want to keep it separated). Is this a problem since my second harddisk is configured as a secondary master or slave (I don't know it exactly, but I could tell you in a while, because my computer is at home and I am not!). Are there other precautions I have to take?

How big (or small) must the Linux swap file partition be?

I use the NTFS file system in Windows 2000. Is it true that Linux can't read/write files with NTFS, and that Windows can't read/write de Linux file system...? If not, does it care?

Actually, any tip is welcome!!!


Thanx a lot!!!

DDke, a
Old 10-10-2002, 12:51 PM   #2
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From a n00b to a n00b. I just recently got into Linux within the past year or so. I am having tons of fun learning how the OS works and it is really a blast once you get into it. Everything is configurable! You just have to know what your doing and read the man pages and any other docs that could help you out as well as this forum.

About your partitioning question:
You should just use the other 10 gig HD as your primary linux and swap partitions. If you are using SuSE 8.0 then you don't even need to partition the drive yourself because the installation program will do it for you ;-) Just leave your windows 2000 partition installed on that 80 gig, pop in the suse 8.0 boot disc (dvd or cd), and make sure your bios allows you to boot from the drive. Once the drive recognizes the boot dvd/cd you should be into the install process. It should have a nice graphical presentation unless your video card does not support it, in which case you will have an ncurses type display. In any case, it will present you with their best guess at what you want installed and where. Under the partitioning section, click the work Partition and you should be able to select your 10 gig HD. hda = primary master, hdb = primary slave, hdc = secondary master, and hdd = secondary slave. You're Win 2000 partition is probably on hda and your new linux partitions should be created on hdb, assuming you have the 80 gig as primary master and the 10 gig as primary slave. Tell it to install to hdb and it should configure something like a 9.5 gig Reiser file system on hdb1 and a 500 mb swap partition on hdb2 or whatever it says it best. Then make it install the bootloader to the MBR of hda. This will allow you boot into both Win 2000 and Linux. You should be able to figure it out pretty easily. ;-)

One other thing. I really reccomend that you choose to install the developer packages uder the Package Selection section due to the fact that gcc is not installed by default in SuSE 8.0 and you will need that right off the bat to compile sources for your system unless you are going to only use RPM files which are not optimized for your system.

Have fun and keep coming back for help. This forum has really taken me a long way from my first step into Linux.

Kris Hermansen
Old 10-10-2002, 01:06 PM   #3
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Firstly, if you're new to linux, I'd use mandrake. It's very user friendly and pratcitcly everything is configured for you.
Next, if you want to dual boot, dump Boot Magic and use Lilo (Linux Loader) It can boot everything that's on your HD's and it's pretty easy to configure (plus in Mandrake you can configure it in the control center -> something like configuration screen in windoze).
Your swap partition should be as big as the amount of RAM you have (or more )
Linux can read ntfs but not write to it I believe (correct me if I'm wrong here).
Windoze can't read anything except for it's "own" stuff (NTFS, FAT)
To sum it all up, I'd use Mandrake on the 10 gig HD, use LILO to boot everything and let mandrake configure everything for you.
Old 10-10-2002, 01:13 PM   #4
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I've used Mandrake before and it is easy to install and configure as well, but I still believe that SuSE 8.0 is easier than Mandrake. You make the decision. Once you understand how linux works you can do LFS (linux from scratch) which means that your not using a distribution. You create a linux kernel and enviornment that suits your individual tastes and needs. I am working up to that. Gentoo is also a really nice distribution, but you should learn how to linux works before getting into that. Have fun...

Kris Hermansen


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