[Lvlug] Help Rich install Linux
Sat, 25 Nov 2000 08:54:06 -0500
Thanks for chipping in! I don't feel comfortable helping Rich too much
-- I feel like the blind leading the blind!
I checked the mailing list subscribers and I don't think he has
subscribed yet, so I will forward this to him.
Aside: Do you have an email address for Pat, who was at our November
heart legs wrote: (heart legs??)
> I'm going to throw my 2 cents into the mix.
> I feel everything RK said was right on the money. I
> will emphasize, before you begin anything, back up
> your files that you cannot restore. The files you
> created in programs like Word, your photos, mpg's,
> mp3's, and saved games. Anything you have dl'd from
> the internet and do not feel like dl'ing again, back
> that up too. The programs you installed from cd and
> even your OS are all recoverable. It is your own
> documents you want to save. If you loose the OS, this
> is not a bad thing. Heck, it could be good since
> Windows should be (in my opinion) wiped out and
> reinstalled on a clean partition on a bi-anual basis.
> Too much garbage builds up.
> If you do not have any free space, get a partition
> resizing programs like Partition magic or ranish. The
> latter is free. For an even easier acquisition of a
> partition resizer, use fips, which is on the RH 6.2
> disc and is probably on the SuSE 7.0 disc. I have
> used fips successfully in the past. Make sure you
> defrag and scan disk the windows partition you are
> resizing before you run fips. To be on the safe side,
> make a backup copy of your partition record, which
> fips will do for you, on a floppy.
> I think you will find the Linux install pretty easy,
> once you get going. Partitioning your drive will be
> the most difficult aspect, but this is made relatively
> easy with RedHat's Disk Druid and SuSE's YAST.
> Partitioning for Linux is a hot debate, but since this
> is your first time, you can easily get away with a
> root partition and a swap partition. Later, if you
> want to change things, you will have the skills to do
> so. Size wise, make the swap partition at least 16
> mb's but no more than 128 mb (>128 mb tends to be a
> waste of hd space and at that point you would probably
> do better with another swap partition or swap file).
> Most sources recommend a swap partition 2-3 times the
> amount of RAM you have.
> Since I seem to be the biggest advocate of SuSE on
> this list, I will not waver now. SuSE is by far one
> of the easiest, most complete, and most accurate Linux
> distros I have every used. I have never been
> disappointed or left having to reconfigure something
> necessary (I am not counting tweaking better
> performance) after the install.
> Dual booting an OS is not that difficult of a task.
> Unless you specifically tell the partition program too
> wipe out or fiddle with the partition(s) holding your
> other OS data (and you are not using Corel Linux), you
> "should not" have any problems. Of course, there is
> alway a risk, but this comes with the territory. I
> recommend not choosing to mount other OS partition
> during the install.
> I have never lost any other OS data when installing
> Linux. I have restored a Window MBR with ease,
> Win2000 MBR, reinstalled Win and Win2000, all without
> messing up the Linux OS I had on the system, and never
> did Linux mess with these partitions.
> The only caution I have is with using Lilo and the
> location of your /boot partition or directory. On
> versions of Lilo before 21.1.4, Lilo had problems
> booting OS's with kernels beyond the 1024th cylinder.
> This is a bios issues that has been worked around in
> 21.1.4 and above. RH 6.2 is not using 21.1.4 and I
> cannot vouch for SuSE 7.0. Therefore, make a boot
> disk during the install (there is an option) then grab
> the latest lilo form the web or our ftp site.
> Daniel S. Washko
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