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Hi I am very new to Linux in any form, having installed Ubuntu only two weeks ago, 'just -to- have -a -look'. Since then I have seen Mandriva One on ...
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    Upgrade to Mandriva from Ubuntu?


    Hi

    I am very new to Linux in any form, having installed Ubuntu only two weeks ago, 'just -to- have -a -look'. Since then I have seen Mandriva One on another pc, which I find more visually pleasing. Very fickle I know.
    Is it possible to install Mandriva over top of Ubuntu or is it a fresh install needed?

    I run a Windows XP pc with Ubuntu on a partition created at the point of install.

    What about installing Mandriva AS WELL as ubuntu and windows?

    I have absolutely no idea about command lines, and cant say that I particularly would choose to learn about it unless it was essential. Yeah, I know, "airhead".
    As I said near the beginning I wanted to "have a look" to see what it was all about, but I find myself drawn to it more and more.
    I can supply whatever info about pc stats if it is relevant.

    Apologies if I'm a bit vague.

    Ray

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    Hi and Welcome !

    You can install as many distros as you like in single Harddisk unless you run out of disk space. I have Windows XP + 6 Linux distros in my test machine.

    Boot up Ubuntu, open Terminal and execute this
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    sudo fdisk -l
    Post output here.
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    If you no longer need Ubuntu, you can just install Mandriva in the same partitions you used for Ubuntu. This will overwrite your Ubuntu distribution. If you currently have a separate /home partition, the data there can be saved if you do not format it during the installation of Mandriva.

    If you have free space on your hard disk, then you can multiboot as suggested above by Casper. Depending on your partitioning scheme and disk space, you can install as many Linux distros as you want. Mandriva has a live cd called Mandriva One, so you can even try Mandriva without installing it.

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    Hi devils_casper
    Thanks for your reply

    Here goes, hope it helps.

    I could use a site or info page or something to help with installing Mandriva if thats at all possible

    Regards
    Ray

    username@username-desktop:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    [sudo] password for ray:

    Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd64dd64d

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 29066 233472613+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 29067 30338 10217340 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 30339 30401 506047+ 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 30339 30401 506016 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xf0fa6bbe

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 30401 244196001 42 SFS
    username@username-desktop:~$


    Daark. child

    Thank you also for your information

    Everything is helping

    Regards Ray
    Last edited by redredred; 02-05-2008 at 11:27 AM. Reason: another reply came

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    Do you want to replace Mandriva with Ubuntu Or install Mandriva along with it?

    Post the output of df -h command too.
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    Thanks again


    Im not entirely sure whether I want to keep or dispose of Ubuntu, as I havent tried Mandriva, only seen it on another pc.

    Im open to suggestions or personal opinions etc of both. Mandriva just LOOKED more appealing. I didnt get the opportunity to play.

    Regards
    Ray


    user@user-desktop:~$ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda2 9.6G 2.4G 6.8G 26% /
    varrun 1014M 92K 1014M 1% /var/run
    varlock 1014M 0 1014M 0% /var/lock
    udev 1014M 116K 1014M 1% /dev
    devshm 1014M 0 1014M 0% /dev/shm
    lrm 1014M 34M 980M 4% /lib/modules/2.6.22-14-generic/volatile
    user@user-desktop:~$

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    Both Mandriva and Ubuntu are easy to configure and newbie friendly distros. You have to decide what you want to do.
    I would suggest you to boot up from Mandriva CD/DVD and play with it as suggested by daark.child already.
    Its easy to install Mandriva along with Ubuntu or remove Ubuntu and install Mandriva over it.
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    That seems the best idea, to use the live cd.

    Ill get that and check back in a couple of weeks or so.

    Thank you both, very helpful.

    Kind regards

    Ray

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