File Systems and Linux Installation
I have an old HP Pentium III machine that I'm wiping and putting Linux on to turn it into a juke box. It's sole purpose will be playing MP3s hooked up to my home entertainment system. I've talked about this on the Newbie forum in this post:
My question for the Installation forum is about file systems. The P III machine right now is a dual boot Win 98/Win 2k computer. It has the original 20 gig hard drove on which Win 98 resides. I've added an additional 90 gig hard drive which houses Windows 2000. The 20 gig drive is a FAT32 one. The 90 gig one was previously was partitioned into two logical drives, one NTFS one and another FAT32 one. (It's a long story why I did that; I won't bother you with the details). As I write this, Partition Magic is working on converting the NTFS one to FAT32 so that I can later merge the two drives.
So I'll soon be back to having just one logical drive per physical drive, both of which will be FAT32 drives. I'm planning on installing either Ubuntu or Xubuntu. Will either of these Linux versions have no trouble with the two FAT32 drives? I want to wipe out both Win 98 and Win 2K, and wipe out all data. Linux uses a different file system, right? I'm fine with Linux formatting both drives to its native file system. Or would it somehow be better for Linux to start with NTFS drives? I can convert them to that with no problem. I've got Partition Magic. Doing so will make Win 98 no longer run since it doesn't support NTFS, but that's no big deal since I want Linux to wipe out both Win 98 and Win 2K.