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Old 06-08-2001, 12:25 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm new to linux and want to install it on my computer (HP pavilion PentiumII 350Mhz 9GB). I do not want to partition my disk but planning to install a second hard drive and put linux on it.
1) Is this a good idea?
2) How do I process?
Any direction or advice is welcomed

Old 06-08-2001, 04:52 AM   #2
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Sounds good to me!

To proceed, I would suggest checking the installation guide of the distro that you will be installing as a start.

I do not know much, but you can always icq or post here, and I'll try to help.
Old 06-08-2001, 10:50 AM   #3
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I'd suggest reading the installation guide very carefully, making sure you understand what you are doing with each move. I'd also avoid blindly accepting a default installation - I did with RH 6.2 and it made it so I can't boot to Win95 anymore - small loss. With most distributions, you will want 2 or 3 partitions on that new disk - a root Linux partition, a swap partition, and (for some) a boot partition - and the installer should help guide you through that. It will then detect the rest of your hardware and install. You will then have to fine tune the installation - rarely will the installation detect and properly install everything. So, we look forward to upcoming posts asking about things like sound cards, network cards, and the like ;^).
Old 06-10-2001, 06:09 PM   #4
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Hi Bakaa, yes it's safer to install Linux on a 2nd
hard drive, versus installing on the one you already

As for how to proceed, I would recommend going to, click the Download button on the
upper right, and read all the instructions there
("how to download red hat", and "red hat installation

Then, go to their ftp server to get bootnet.img
and rawrite.exe, then make a boot floppy, and tell
it to install via FTP, and point it to the Red Hat
server! You don't need to get the iso images, point
it to the os/RedHat directory. RH 7.1 is pretty
good now about identifying your hardware. The install
worked perfectly for me.* It'll take a long time to
install all the packages, and you'll find Linux is a huge time sink after you get it installed, because then you
have to configure it. Which is a full time job. :-)

BTW, I actually would *not* recommend buying a retail
version. The online installation guide for RH is
all you need, and if you don't have the necessary
skills to get RH off the network, then you're not
going to be able to take what comes next...


*Once I figured out how to.... but that would be

P.S. is an essential resource.
Go to the HOWTOs for vital information; the Guides
are useless for the most part.


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