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Old 03-26-2005, 08:02 PM   #1
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Question How do I install mandrake linux on a computer with windows already installed?


Hi! I am completely, totally new at this. My goal (overall) is to become one of those "good hackers", not the stereotype. Anyways, I heard that this distro was good for me and I wanted to download and install it, but I haven't the faintest idea of how or where to start. So, thats how I arrived here.
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I have decided on a new distro to download...Gentoo.

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Old 03-26-2005, 08:06 PM   #2
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Whatever distro you choose, you can dual boot between Windows and Linux. Although, you sound like you're new to Linux so Gentoo seems a bit hardcore, but if that's what you want then that's the one to get.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:11 PM   #3
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The best way to start is with personal assistance. You have a LUG in your area, and I'm going to guess it's this one:
http://www.wlug.net/

You should meet up with them and have them show you. You don't need to bring software. There will be ample supply of that. If you aren't in Washington state, but in Washington, D.C.- then go here:

http://dclug.tux.org/

You are starting from ground zero, so you will need hand holding. Your other computer experience will come in handy when installing/using linux.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:16 PM   #4
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Thanks...but going somewhere for help is not an option for me. I am still set on Gentoo, for now.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:21 PM   #5
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Gentoo has ample documentation. You will have to read alot before installing it.

The purpose of forums is to solve problems/answer questions. It isn't possible to teach all of the intricacies of an OS here. If visiting a LUG is not possible, then try to install from gentoo.org, as directed on the site, and then post issues that you cannot solve during the installation, etc. Good luck.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:25 PM   #6
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Thanks.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:44 PM   #7
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Well: I am starting the download, and I plan to post my problems here.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:49 PM   #8
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Well: I am starting the download, and I plan to post my problems here.
the gentoo forums might be a better place for gentoo problems than the LQ mandrake forum.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 08:52 PM   #9
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Blah.
 
Old 03-26-2005, 10:59 PM   #10
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Dual Boot Linux and Windows

First Step: Partition your Hard Drive
Second Step:Install Windows on First Partition...windows writes only windows to your computers MBR(master boot record).
Third Step:Install Linux..it will recognize the free space you created for it in the second partition and will install either LILO or Grub so you can choose on boot what you want to run.

If you use a recent Mandrake Distro, it will automatically shrink your windows partition for you and install itself without any hassle.

Once the Mandrake distro is installed you can overwrite it with just about any other distro you want.

Linux has a steep learning curve, Gentoo even steeper than most.
An easy way to install it is to use the Gentoo live CD and choose the almost automatic install.
When you read the documentation you will understand. Gentoo is
fairly Geeky to the uninitiated user.
I too wish you..great luck and success.
By the way, if you install the Mandrake and use it for a while.you may find it will accomplish your "hacking needs" with far less learning curve attached...I have installed linux about 50 times in many flavors and can tell you the hardest install for me was not a linux but Open BSD...it has only been successfully hacked 1 time in 7 years. But there is not a GUI install for it.
 
  


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