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Question About Installing Linux


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#1 JoshT

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 05:03 PM

Hi all, I've got this computer that went down, and it went down badly...

I broke the AGP slot, and so, I know must get a new Mobo, and a new Processor, and since I need two new important features of the computer, and I don't have an XP CD, I'm having to go to Ubuntu, or Fedora.

So, since this is like my first build, what do I do first?

Obviously build the computer, and make sure all the components are put in nicely. Do I just pop in the LiveCd and have it install it? oh, and what type of Partition should I make? I'm thinking of getting XP later on for gaming, so I'll need to keep some of the HDD for XP, and I'm wondering how much.

Thanks!

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 12:44 AM

Well... My recommendations are as follows.

1. Create the Ubuntu partition, and a SWAP partition.
Ubuntu can boot from ReiserFS 3, or Ext 3, but other file systems are supported. Ubuntu may support booting from other file systems now.

I would recommend Ext3, Reiser4, ReiserFS 3, or XFS for Ubuntu.

Ext3 is an old, and very reliable file system. It is Ext2, with a "journal", or "log". This reduces corrupted files. Such as when a blackout occurs.

RieserFS is a journalized file system also. It advertises anti-defragmentation technology. Reiser4 is supposed to be the latest, and most stable version, and possibly the last.

XFS has features similar to the others, but it also supports "quotas". A complicated feature, that allows you to limit the size of folders, etc...

Ext3 is tried and true, but ReiserFS is the current standard.

Now partition the disk like this.


[Extended]
-> [Ubuntu] 20gb - 40gb
-> [Linux SWAP]200mb to 2048mb. * Keep the SWAP partition close to the Ubuntu partition.
[NTFS] 8gb - 20gb
[Extended]
-> [FAT32] 30gb - 200gb * MP3s, Games, Videos, etc. Stuff you want access to from both Ubuntu, and Windows XP.
[Unformatted] 20gb - 200gb. * I recommend leaving some space unformatted, so you figure out how best to use it later. Such as for other Linux distributions.
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