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I recently bought a magazine ("GameStar Sonderheft 'Linux für spieler'"). It comes with Suse Linux 9.1 Special Edition, and I just want to be safe before installing, so I have the question of what I should watch out for before and during installation?`

I already know:
- better have an extra partition (anybody know any good parition managers? preferably free)
- I should use Grub as a boot manager
- I should have a FAT32 partition for filesharing

Anything I missed? Anything you can tell me from experience? I _am_ excited about this , and already know some software that I would use, but need to be sure I do everything right, since my parents NEED this computer and NOTHING may go wrong. Otherwise I can consider myself dead ...

Thanks

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I'd be SUPER careful with creating new partitions, especially if it's a family computer. I think that Fedora Linux might come with some kind of partition manager that shrinks the Windows partition and squeezes linux into whatever space is left, but some will just reformat the whole drive.

Another thing you might want to try first, if you have the time and bandwidth, is making yourself a Knoppix CD. Knoppix is a version of Linux that boots straight off a CD, and doesn't do anything at all to the hard drive, so you can be fairly safe when running it. It's a good way to see whether all the particular hardware on your computer will work with Linux. Plus it's a good to have handy as a recovery disk should something fuck up when you install linux properly, as you can still access all your files...

My third piece of advice would be, be patient! Both times I've installed Linux on a new computer something has gone wrong, and it's taken me a lot of anguish getting it fixed... but, that's the best way to learn, and in the long run it's a great operating system, and you certainly won't regret using it.

Plus there's some awesome audio apps available for it these days... with freePsycle on the way...


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OK, thanks. What I have are 2 HDDs. One (60 GB; IDE Master) with Windows and programs, plus all the 'My Music' etc. personal folders. Then my second HDD (120 GB; IDE Slave) with my sample archive, software archive, Audacity projets, MPT and Psycle tracks, and all wave files.
Shouldn't it be possible to safe-copy the files from HDD 2 on another, then partition it and install Linux (although I'd prefer Win and Linux on one HDD)? And what file system should I use for Linux? There are Ext2, Ext3 and Reiser FS (plus FAT32 as a share partition).

And I have a few months old Knoppix, and if I interpret it correctly, it can read/write NTFS?

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If I understand your set up right, then if you copy all your files off the 2nd HDD, and partition it into two partitions, then you can install Linux on one parition and have Windows on the other, both on the 2nd hard drive. Then copy all your windows files back into the windows partition. I don't know how the bootloader would work though, I've only ever worked with one hard drive.

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And I have a few months old Knoppix, and if I interpret it correctly, it can read/write NTFS?


As far as I'm aware, Knoppix can only read NTFS, not write. This page has some useful information for data recovery:

http://www.shockfamily.net/cedric/knoppix/

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And what file system should I use for Linux?


Sorry, I don't know much about the file systems... other than that I use ext3, and that seems to work well enough. I think I remember reading a while back that ext2 was slightly outdated, and that ReiserFS is a bit experimental at the moment. I'm not sure though.

HTH


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Yes, you understood correctly, except I've decided to leave Windows on the current HDD . So I guss I'll do that and find somebody to copy my data to . (I knew that Suse couldn't write NTFS, but thought Knoppix might be able to)

Thanks!

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