I have some questions ?
1) can i install windows xp with redhat's fedora 4 ?
2) do i have to install fedora 4 first in c drive and then windows xp in d drive ?
3) how much space is needed in a drive to install fedora 4 ?
4) does it degrade or have a bad effect on my computer's hardware if i use fedora 4 with windows xp ?
Thanks a LOT!!!!!
Hi, I see you're new to linux. I'll answer these as best as I can.
2: It's way different than you think. The 3 partitions that Fedora creates will not be visible to windows, nor can you make them visible to windows with out destroying fedora.
3: I'd reccomend 4-5 GB or so if you're going to install a desktop system with minimal space. I'd say you should split the hard drive in half if you have more than 20 GB.
4: No. I run a different OS every week without an adverse effect. At most I have 3 OSes at a time, but if you are going to use linux, you are only going to be able to hold 2 - 4 Operating systems per disk - since Linux takes 3 of the 4 partitions that your drive can allow(a max of 4 partitions are allowed, Windows, OS/2, and FreeBSD use one partition for everything while linux has three. You can hold 4 OSes because one may be BeOS and inside a virtual drive, and if you you'r Windows directories seperate from eachother, or you may install 2 versions of windows after upgrading(this is only applies to Windows NT. Any versions of the 9x series cannot coexist with eachother nor Windows NT series).
Interesting. I better remember that link if I'm going to install fedora ever again...
Maybe this was said already but I missed it, but Windows has a nasty habit of formating every bit of drive space it can find before installing. If you put linux in first Windows will format it and overwrite it.
Or, if you already have windows installed just defrag, then install the linux distro. The partitionry agents in Linux are much more easy to use and more advanced, so you may resize the windows partition, and add the 3 linux partitions. This is very difficult to do if you're new to linux because the partitions must be a certain FileSystem.
Any other OS has a much easier install process only requireing one partition, with the easiest I've seen being BeOS, which is similar to linux, but uses one partition, has a much easier install process with an extremely easy to use partitionry agent, and is faster(depending on the distro compared to), smaller, and integrates a very good GUI.