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Old 05-30-2009, 08:12 AM   #1
johnslack
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Newbie Install Slackware, no boot loader, partition sizes, Dell


Hi,

I have a Dell laptop with XP Intel Pentium M and 1 GB Ram. I reduced my NTFS down and have about 61 GB to play with on the HD. I would like to put SlackWare and Fedora in that space.

First question, would a 2 GB Swap, 18 GB ext3 for root of SlackWare, 25 GB ext3 for root of Fedora, 26 GB FAT 32 for data, plus the two existing XP NTFS partitions be a reasonably breakdown. The existing are primary partitions, will any of the others need to be primary partitions.

Next question, I have a pen drive with Grub booting Madriva. Can I modify the pendrive grub.config to boot my Slackware and Fedora. I don't want to mess with the boot sector on the hard drive. If this is possible how do I configure grub?

Finally can I download the DVD.iso, mount it on a large external iomega hard drive (from my pendrive Madriva) and then somehow install to my hard drive. Is this a stupid idea and I should just burn the DVD disk, boot it and install normally?

Thanks
 
Old 05-30-2009, 10:21 AM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ & Slackware!

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Originally Posted by johnslack View Post
Hi,
I have a Dell laptop with XP Intel Pentium M and 1 GB Ram. I reduced my NTFS down and have about 61 GB to play with on the HD. I would like to put SlackWare and Fedora in that space.

First question, would a 2 GB Swap, 18 GB ext3 for root of SlackWare, 25 GB ext3 for root of Fedora, 26 GB FAT 32 for data, plus the two existing XP NTFS partitions be a reasonably breakdown. The existing are primary partitions, will any of the others need to be primary partitions.
'2GB' is a lot of swap space, you could get away with '1GB'. '18GB' for Slackware is more than enough.

You should read the text files for the release, I'm assuming your considering Slackware 12.2 since that is the Stable at this time.

RELEASE_NOTES ,CHANGES_AND_HINTS.TXT and UPGRADE.TXT are available on the cd/dvd.

I personally like to setup my system with multiple partitions. I use the first as a working primary then the second as a swap. With the third being a experimental primary with about 20GB. I then use the forth as a extended that I will setup multiple logical partitions to support that system, look at the following sample;

Code:
:~# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf5b5f5b5

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        3824    30716248+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            3825        4074     2008125   82  Linux swap
/dev/sda3            4075       10300    50010345   83  Linux
/dev/sda4           10301       60801   405649282+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5           10301       10425     1004031   83  Linux
/dev/sda6           10426       11671    10008463+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7           11672       12668     8008371   83  Linux
/dev/sda8           12669       12918     2008093+  83  Linux
/dev/sda9           12919       13915     8008371   83  Linux
/dev/sda10          13916       15161    10008463+  83  Linux
/dev/sda11          15162       16407    10008463+  83  Linux
/dev/sda12          16408       28856    99996561   83  Linux
/dev/sda13          28857       41305    99996561   83  Linux
/dev/sda14          41306       53754    99996561   83  Linux
/dev/sda15          53755       60801    56604996   83  Linux
Code:
cfdisk (util-linux-ng 2.13.1)

                              Disk Drive: /dev/sda
                       Size: 500107862016 bytes, 500.1 GB
             Heads: 255   Sectors per Track: 63   Cylinders: 60801

    Name        Flags      Part Type  FS Type          [Label]        Size (MB)
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    sda1        Boot        Primary   NTFS             [^C]            31453.48
    sda2                    Primary   Linux swap                        2056.32
    sda3                    Primary   Linux ext3       [/spare1]       51210.60
    sda5                    Logical   Linux ext3       [/]              1028.16
    sda6                    Logical   Linux ext3       [/home]         10248.70
    sda7                    Logical   Linux ext3       [/usr]           8200.61
    sda8                    Logical   Linux ext3       [/var]           2056.32
    sda9                    Logical   Linux ext3       [/tmp]           8200.61
    sda10                   Logical   Linux ext3                       10248.70
    sda11                   Logical   Linux ext3                       10248.70
    sda12                   Logical   Linux ext3                      102396.52
    sda13                   Logical   Linux ext3                      102396.52
Code:
:~# cat /etc/fstab
/dev/sda2        swap             swap        defaults         0   0
/dev/sda5        /                ext3        defaults         1   1
/dev/sda6        /home            ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/sda7        /usr             ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/sda8        /var             ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/sda9        /tmp             ext3        defaults         1   2
/dev/sda1        /mnt/winxp       ntfs-3g     umask=000        1   0
#/dev/cdrom      /mnt/cdrom       auto        noauto,owner,ro  0   0
/dev/fd0         /mnt/floppy      auto        noauto,owner     0   0
devpts           /dev/pts         devpts      gid=5,mode=620   0   0
proc             /proc            proc        defaults         0   0
tmpfs            /dev/shm         tmpfs       defaults         0   0
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Originally Posted by johnslack View Post
Next question, I have a pen drive with Grub booting Madriva. Can I modify the pendrive grub.config to boot my Slackware and Fedora. I don't want to mess with the boot sector on the hard drive. If this is possible how do I configure grub?
Yes it's possible. Do a search here on LQ as this has been covered a lot.

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Originally Posted by johnslack View Post
Finally can I download the DVD.iso, mount it on a large external iomega hard drive (from my pendrive Madriva) and then somehow install to my hard drive. Is this a stupid idea and I should just burn the DVD disk, boot it and install normally?

Thanks
Yes. you can download the dvd iso for Slackware but be sure to check the md5sum for the download. Then use 'Slackware«12_Janux_NET_NoBurn_Install' as a guide.

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just Slackware« links!
 
  


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