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Thread: How do you install XP and Linux on the same box?

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    How do you install XP and Linux on the same box?

    About 6 months ago I bought an off the shelf Compaq PC. After putting in a few extra cards, more memory and another drive this is my baseline configuration:

    2.4 Pentium, 1gig ddr, NIC, modem, Nvidia video, USB's, serial and parallel ports.

    One (1) 120 gig 5400rpm drive, portioned into a Compaq specific OS load (107 gig) and a second (4 gig) partition that allows you to restore the computer to its "factory defaults".

    One (1) 80 gig 7200 rpm data/backup disk (old school, BEBO, Back up early, Backup often)

    I also have a second box (PC) I access via PCanywhere that works as another backup for critical data, I want to leave it alone, for now.

    The question is, what is the best way to configure the Compaq to a dual boot with XP Professional and Linux.

    Since I really am not concerned with restoring to factory defaults (though the 4 gig partition is backed up on the second box) I plan on blowing away the C Drive and installing the new OS's from scratch.

    Any advice on partition creation, boot menu, order of creation, etcetera would be appreciated. Also it has been 15 years since I installed UNIX so any tips on LINUX installation would be helpful.

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    Cris, there's a good introduction/installation guide over at the Gentoo site that explains the different partitions that you'll need for Linux.

    -Steven

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    ...and one more, Cris. TechTV has an article about setting up a dual-boot system with Linux and XP.

    -Steven

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    Thanks Steven. Do you recommend Gentoo Linux over other flavors of UNIX? I will probablr d/l it.

    UNIX (Gentoo Linux) with Mozilla looks like it will be a stable web platform and more secure then Windows will ever be.

    When "Hacker" was a compliment UNIX was the platform. Now a "Hacker" is associated with Windows and is deragatory. IroniC, huh?

    Whats the difference between plain Linux, Red Hat or Mandrake?

    Which is the easiest to get Drivers for?

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    The different flavors of Linux [Red Hat/Mandrake/Gentoo/etc] are basically just different default configurations of the same thing. I like Gentoo because it has a portage tree like FreeBSD that allows you to install and update the different pieces of software very easily and automatically.

    After installing Linux, you'll need to install a GUI [if you want one...]. KDE and Gnome are the most popular alternatives. I have had zero problems with drivers [all automatically detected], but I just use Gentoo in console mode for various things, not as my primary OS.

    -Steven

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