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xvi3tsoljahx

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i have winxp pro and i want to have linux on it too. Is it possible? Which OS should be good for a newbie like me? and what sites can i go to download software for linux?
 

Fast-Fob

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Some people prefer to have Linux loaded first, then
load Windows.
The LILO boot file is more stable that Wins.
(word of caution, LILO is a pain to remove. you'll need a
disk wipe utility to clean it out)
I'm not sure where to DL it from, I just bought RED HATs
home edition for like 20 bucks. I wanted a "mainstream"
linux system so I went with that.
But it's out there....

Sorry i'm no help with the Linux on top of WinXP.
good luck!
 

David

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xvi3tsoljahx said:
i have winxp pro and i want to have linux on it too. Is it possible? Which OS should be good for a newbie like me? and what sites can i go to download software for linux?

Try www.sourceforge.net and www.freshmeat.net for free linux software.

As for XP and Linux, its perfectly doable.

Install windows first as normal. Leave a few gig for Linux. Then install Linux. SuSE, Mandrake and Redhat are IMO the best choices for people new to Linux.

Linux will install a bootloader like LILO that gives you choice of which OS to boot at system start up.

LILO/other bootloaders can be removed by running fdisk /mbr from a dos bootdisk.

David
 

naif

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Fast-Fob said:
(word of caution, LILO is a pain to remove. you'll need a
disk wipe utility to clean it out)

Doing "fdisk /mbr" from DOS would be enough to remove the Master Boot Records(LILO resides on the MBR which will remove it).
 

naif

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Depends on what type of Installation you want and what distrobution you have. I guess a partition of 2 to 3 GB would be well enough. I have Slackware 8.1 and I did a complete installation on a 3 GB partition which now has 1 GB left.