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Most (if not all) Linux disributions will allow you to repartition your hard drive in such a way that you boot either OS....
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- 01-26-2008 #11
- 01-26-2008 #12
PartedMagic CD will let you adjust partitions on a hard drive ... its easy to use & I found it more reliable than a similar sounding Windows partition manager As elija says ... dual boot is relatively easy to setup.
- 01-27-2008 #13
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- Nov 2007
- Córdoba (Spain)
The gentoo forums, a really great source of info:
Gentoo Forums :: Index
The Gentoo amd64 handbook, there's also one for x86 in case you don't want to go 64 bits:
Gentoo Linux Documentation -- Gentoo Linux AMD64 Handbook
The safe cflags central, this is where you will find info on how to configure gentoo to compile everything specifically for your cpu type:
Safe Cflags - Gentoo Linux Wiki
If you need help, visit de forums, and you will find lots of knowledgeable persons that will be willing to assist you with any problem while installing (as long as you are doing your best on your side).
Freeing myself from the constant errors and workarounds inherent in Vista would be an added bonus.
With gentoo you will have no problem, you can install gentoo in any place that the SO can access. If your board can boot it, then there's no problem.
You can even put grub on its mbr and install many OSes into it, provided you have enough space. Note though that regular usb flash drives are damn slow, this is a limitation of the NAND technology they use, and there's no work around.
I can't give real numbers, but on a first sight, I can tell you that a given linux installation nowadays can have like 500 thousand files, maybe more, maybe less, but it is a big big quantity of files, which fat32 would just be unable to handle on a sane manner (even if the linux vfat driver behaves better than the windows fat32 driver). It is a bad fs by design, I only use it when I need compatibility (flash drivers, cameras and so on). And all that, without speaking about the fragmentation issues. You need a linux fs
If you need posix functionality into your windows box, use Cygwin, but that is a completely unrelated thing and would not help you in your current problem, since Cygwin is a posix layers that runs under windows, with all its problems and limitations.
If you decide to try gentoo, visit the forums, you won't regret it
- 01-27-2008 #14
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- Jan 2008