/boot partition. what is it? and other questions...
so far, in my quest to get a working version of linux, i havent found any version that installs GRUB correctly (exception being fedora core 6, but that doesnt work at all on my machine)
on pretty much all linux installations i get a question that asks if i want GRUB placed on the MBR (i know what that is) or the /boot or /root partition.
i dont know what /boot or /root partitions are, or how to create them manually.
what is a /boot partition?
what format should it be (ext2, ext3, fat16 etc..) ?
should they be set as active partitions. ? if so, how? (there seems no option in qtparted, gparted or partition magic to set active partitions)
how big should the partition be and why. ?
how does a simple partition on the hardrive, boot up the machine, when the mbr will take precedence automatically surely?
should a /boot partition be set as logical or primary?
ive looked at qtparted on kubuntu live cd, but it doesnt have any option for creating a /boot or /root partition. only options it has are ext3, swap etc..etc...
any help appreciated as its the booting stage thats stopping me from using the likes of knoppix on hd or kubuntu etc.