I'm considering migrating from WinXP to Linux, and wanting to use VL as it seems to be fast while still being (relative) newbie-friendly. If possible, later after all my learnings, I want to completely remove WinXP from my PC.
Please bear with me, as I'm totally newbie in the Linux world.Partitioning Scheme
Previously, there were 3 Windows installation (on Win2kPro on C:\ = /dev/hda1/
; Win2kServer on D:\
, and WinXP on E:\
; while F:\
is used for data)
To make room for linux, I moved my data around and re-partition (in WinXP) and so I have like 11 GB of space.
The 11 GB space got divided into 1GB for LinuxSwap (/dev/hda7)
and the rest goes for root (/dev/hda6
- Ext3 type). "Windows-Linux" Share-able drive (/mnt/win
) goes to /dev/hda5
(browsing its contents, they're the same as D:\
If you have spare partitions, you can also specify which partition(s) to use for the following directories during installation process
& a few others I don't quite remember. These are the commonly-found directories in Linux.
More on these later....
Note: If you allocate too little space for Linux (root), you may get into problem described here
. May be at least 7GB will be safe.Others
Before proceeding installation, it'd be a good idea to:
1. write down your current network configuration:
* IP Address
* SubNet Mask
* DNS Server
Then, I install VL6.0 Light using the steps described by newt here
: boot using Grub4Dos
--> install downloaded iso file from hard disk.
Upon getting into the installation screen where it asks you where you want to install LILO
, I opted installing into Sector
as I'll still need to be able to boot to WinXP. Later when installation is finished, you need to add the following code into menu.lst
file ( in C:\
title VectorLinux 6.0 Light
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 ro vga=normal 2
Adjust the above to your Linux Partition
So the boot process is like Windows Multi-Boot --> Grub4Dos --> Select VectorLinux 6.0 Light --> VL GUI Login Screen
Installation was successful for me: SoundCard detected, GUI works, and I can browse the internet. Moving Files
You may want to move some files from your WinXP directories into your /home/userName Linux directories. Have a look in the replies below
As I'm trying to familiarize myself with VL, I'll be posting more questions in this thread..
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My computer (if it matters)
* Athlon XP 2500+
* 1 GB of RAM (DDR1)
* OnBoard Sound & LAN Card (VIA 82xx chipset)
* ATI 9800 Pro 128 MB
* 40 GB of Hard Disk
* DVD-ROM (unattached)