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Old 08-14-2003, 11:20 AM   #1
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Question New Linux Installation

Hi guys,

I have a HP laptop@home with AMD 1800+ CPU and 256 MB RAM. It came preloaded with WinXP Home Edition. I want to switch over to Linux (By either creating partition or fully).
Is it possible to repartition Windows for Linux without disturbing current installation? (HDD 20 GB is fully partitioned for WinXP as of now)
Before I fully switch to Linux, I want to make sure those free AOL CDs work with it. Is it possible? Any other ways to connect to ISPs free-of-cost as you do in Windows?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Old 08-14-2003, 11:44 AM   #2
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Yes you can download or use programs like FIPS or Partition Magic to split your current drive up into partitions if there is currently only one partition.

No, those free AOL cd's won't work in Linux, they were made and the programs on there for Windows based systems.
There is however PenqAOL or something like that if you insist to use AOL, but I'm sure you can't get the free trials using it.

Last I heard that Juno and NetZero are developing theirs to work on Linux, so I'm sure they'll have the free dial up along with it to use.. Not totally sure on that though.
Old 08-14-2003, 12:18 PM   #3
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hp laptops are notorious for NOT working well with linux.

research ALL of the relevant onboard hardware for compatibility

also see:


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