Potentially new user
radsky at ncia.net
Tue Oct 25 17:32:31 BST 2005
Brian Dotson wrote:
> On 9/4/05, *forgotten one* <namelesssoldier at hotmail.com
> <mailto:namelesssoldier at hotmail.com>> wrote:
> First off, hi everyone.
> Here's my situation, I am at best a moderately knowledgeable
> Windows user
> (XP) with a relatively new desktop PC and would like to know how
> to install
> Linux on my system.
> As I stated I'm no tech genius so I don't even know how to
> partition a disk,
> but i know i want to keep windows. Linux is a long standing
> curiosity of
> mine and I would like to move away from Mr. Gates' monopoly of
> media. So if
> any one could offer assistance with partitioning that would be
> As for an Ubuntu related question, I read the Installation Wiki,
> but was
> unclear of whether I need to download Ubuntu and find another
> source of
> Linux or whether Ubuntu would be the core. (I know it's a dumb
> but I have to ask.)
> Thank you in advance for any assistance that you can offer.
> Shannon Groves
> Ubuntu has everything you will need for a desktop; it's an entire
> package like XP. No need to use anything extra with it.
> As for partitioning, I suggest you use Partition Magic. It will let
> you keep Windows and Ubuntu on the same hard disk. Ubuntu will handle
> the rest, allowing you to dual boot.
> Brian W. Dotson
> GPG Key: http://bdotson.us/pubkey.asc
One thing to keep in mind......You probably want to keep your current Windows data so, first, determine if your C: partition occupies the entire hard drive If it does, DO A COMPLETE DEFRAGMENTATION several times. After defragmentation, check how much data is stored in the C: partition so you can make an educated guess how big the new C: should be.
This compacts all your hard drive data to one end of the C: partition
leaving empty space for creating additional partitions.
When I first got this computer, the C: partition occupied the entire
hard drive and Windows XP data was scattered throughout the 120 GB.
After doing a DEFRAG several times, all
the XP data was compacted to 6 GB at the beginning of the C: partition.
I then ran a partitioner (Ranish Partition Manager--freebie) and set the
upper limit of the C: partition.at 12 GB, leaving over 100 GB free.. I
then created a few Linux partitions with the same Partition Manager but
since many Linux distributions, including UBUNTU have their
own partitioner, I now recommend the latter.
As for what size partition to use for UBUNTU, I'd say its a personal
choice. Some may
say, the entire remaining HD space but practically, only a few GB, say 3
or 4 GB for the root partition will well serve most beginners. And,
nothing says you can't have two UBUNTU's installed, one in a 3 or 4 GB
plus another in a much larger partition. 500 MB is plenty for a swap
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