switch from win98 to linux

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switch from win98 to linux

Postby imran_majeed » Tue Aug 12, 2003 11:57 am

I had never used linux ,
i like to switch to it frim windows98.
what should i do,
which linux to install and how,
is there any guide artical for me
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Postby Faraz.Fazil » Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:41 pm

Hi imran,

You may not be in a position to switch from win98 to linux completely as you are a newbie.

So I recommend you set up a dual boot win98 and linux system
Choose any good linux distro like redhat and give it a try.

Setting up a dual boot win98 and linux system is quite easy.
First of all install windows 98 on one partition.
Then make sure you have an empty partition of atleast 4-5 gb size, entirely free.You will install linux on this partition.

Once you have an empty partition of 4-5 gb, start installing redhat linux or any distro u prefer by starting the setup (by booting from the linux cd)

Start linux setup.Select the disk druid for partitioning.DONOT tell it to use auto partitioning,coz it will delete all your partitions.So manually parttion using disk druid utility.You will see the partition of 4-5 gb that u emptied.Then delete the empty partition/partitions that u reserved for linux, so that u have atleast 4-5 gb free unpartitioned space.Create an ext3 partition with mount point "/" allocate it the max size availbale - 256 mb.

Create a 256 mb swap partition.

Install linux and complete the setup.
Select lilo as the bootloader, and install it on the MBR (master boot record)
also create a linux boot disk thru setup to be on safe side.

Once setup completes, congrats everything is ready and u can start using ur system.

After the dual boot system has been set up, everytime you start your computer , you will be shown a list of OS to boot i.e win98 and linux.
You can run any OS from there i.e win98 or redhat linux

I tried to make this article as small and simple as possible so that you dont have any problem installing.If u need any help or have any questions, feel free to ask.

Good luck!
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Postby gh4z4nf4r » Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:06 pm

salam,

Create an ext3 partition with mount point "/" allocate it the max size availbale - 256 mb.

Create a 256 mb swap partition.


dont allocate max size available to mount point "/" before creating the swap partition cause then ofcourse there will be no space left for the swap partition.. i know its obvious but any way to clear the things for imran.
creating a 50mb "/boot" partition is also very helpfull in dual boot .

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Postby Faraz.Fazil » Tue Aug 12, 2003 5:34 pm

Gh, if u read what i posted carefuly , you will notice that i said the same thing:

"allocate it the max size availble MINUS 256 mb"

means out of the total size available, allocate 256 mb to swap and rest to the / partition.

If u want , you can also create seperate partitions for other purposes.
like a /boot, /data , or a /home partition etc, but i dont recommend this to any newbie.
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