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im using partitionmagic to create a new partition for linux, alongside my current windows install. i really dont want to lose xp, so i am just wondering if everything looks ok in the pic. c: is my xp install, linux is obviously linux, and d: is a blank partition i made when installing windows that linux is taking blank space from. just a bit nervous from when i lost everything last time when i tried installing debian carelessly. help will be much appreciated


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im installing ubuntu 7.04 by the way, im not installing it just yet, just setting it up to. i guess you just choose to install on the linux partition during setup?
will it automatically become dual boot?

sorry, im a complete linux/hard disk noob
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That looks ok from here. Is that a Linux SWAP partition I see as well?

You might consider making a partition for your /home directory in linux. It is much like your "my documents" folder in xp and holds all of your program settings and preferences. This way when you decide to re-install or try a new distro you can keep the /home partition and just link (mount) it to your new install.

If you decide to go with a /home partition (and I highly recommend it), make the root "/" partition only 5 - 10 GB in size, and the rest of space allocate to /home.

Once in the installer choose to manually setup your partition, mount "/" to the smaller ext3 partition, SWAP to the SWAP partition (duh), and if you made it /home the the largest /ext3 partition.

The installer will automatically detect that you have another OS installed and set up a boot loader (GRUB) which will allow you to select which OS you would like to boot into when you turn your computer on.

Hope that helps
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thanks for that, i think im just gonna stick to the basics at the min, im not fussed what happens as long as i can still get into windows!!
ill see how it goes then!
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Cool, good luck with the dual boot.

Make sure you install the Nvidia restricted drivers. You'll find it under Administration.

Also try EasyUbuntu, it will add all the non-free drivers for codecs and archives and all that fun stuff.
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Or he could just use vlc.
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Talking to you from ubuntu!



installation was quick and easy, and it even automatically configured my wireless wanadoo connection. quick and simple to use, for some reason the download speeds are much faster than in windows
anyone thinking of going linux, give it a try, im only gonna use windows for games and windows only stuff from now on!
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