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    Dual Boot System

    I just bought a celeron 2.2Ghz, 256meg RAM with 13Gig HDD and I'm hoping to create a dual boot system with linux and XP.

    What sized partitions would you recommend and which order would you install them in? I have a copy of Ubuntu, Redhat 8.0 and Mandrake 9.0, which would you recommend?
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    Well, I think 13GB's gonna be a little too small. Ubuntu doesn't take that much space (I've had it running on a 6GB partition before now and it was more than 50% empty). I dunno about Mandrake though. I'd get a 20 or 40GB disk and then partition them evenly.

    I think you should be safe if have 10GB partitions, although most of that space won't be needed depending on what you install.

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    i'm just testing at the moment so i am really just installing the basics so I know how to do it. what would you recommend the minimum partition be for either of them.

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    XP takes about 4gigs so at least 6 gigs, won't be able to install many programs though then for linux depending on the distribution you use will decide that, about 5gb should be okay for linux leaving you with 2 gigs to play with so they can go either way.

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    Seriously, you should just get a new hard drive... You can get an 80GB hard drive for <= £40 ($70 or so). 13GB isn't really enough for a dual boot.

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    The HDD is weak, but if you must have it, then, yeah, all the previous suggestions were good. About 6.5 for each is plenty, depending on what you need to do on each.

    As to the linux distribution, I'm liking Ubuntu VERY much. Redhat 8.0 is REALLY old so I wouldn't recommend that. It's not really supported any more, plus there's Redhat 9, and Fedora Core is basically Red Hat now.

    Mandrake is also a viable choice, but it's a little more advanced than Ubuntu. Ubuntu's approach to the distribution is that it offers you little choice to begin with, but as you familiarize yourself with the distribution, you can easily expand. Mandrake is diving a little closer to the deep end, but not quite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missing-score
    Seriously, you should just get a new hard drive... You can get an 80GB hard drive for <= £40 ($70 or so). 13GB isn't really enough for a dual boot.

    Ditto. Use two drives it's just a better solution and you should be able to maybe pawn one off a friend if you only need one for linux.

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    I'm going to use the 13gig drive as my linux drive and buy myself an 80gig new harddrive to put windows on.


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