[ILUG] Linux o/s
kevin at cybercolloids.net
Fri Jul 8 16:19:41 IST 2005
You probably want to dual boot your laptop. If you go for one of the easier to
install distro's you normally get the option to resize your windows
partition during the install.
The advice I was given was to defrag and order your windows partition first to
ensure that everything is squashed into the beginning of the partiion then
you won't lose anything when you shrink the partition... it worked for me.
Shrinking the partition and setting up your new partitions can all be done
during the install. So pick a distro and boot the cd.
When you set up your new Linux partitions, to keep it simple you could just
use two new partitions - one for / (root) and another for your home files
(/home). Once again to keep life simple choose ext3 when asked for a
filesystem. Some distro's have an "auto allocate" button which will do all
this for you.
You will also be asked where to put the bootloader. I generally just go for
the MBR (master boot record) and the installation is usually bright enough to
spot your Windows partition and add that to the bootloader as well. When
reboot you will get a menu that asks you wether you want Windows or Linux.
You need to pick a distro'.....always a contentious issue. If its your first
dive into Linux I would suggest: Suse (Novell), Mandrive (Mandrake) or Fedora
(Redhat). They all have well polished installation procedures that you should
find easy to follow.
On Friday 8 July 2005 15:37, O'Connor Paul-poconn04 wrote:
>Hi I am new to Linux and want to install on my laptop. I guess I must
> re-parition my hard drive. It's a inspiron 510m. Any guide lines to assist.
>Paul O Connor
>Development Environment & Computing Solutions (DECS),
>Email: poconn04 at motorola.com
>Phone: + 353-21-4511705
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