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Well, yes, I am a Linux noob, but I have used it before, never dual-booted though. I'm wondering, how should I go about partitioning my drive? I have a 150GB ...
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    Well, yes, I am a Linux noob, but I have used it before, never dual-booted though. I'm wondering, how should I go about partitioning my drive? I have a 150GB HDD and I've used 36.4GB of it. I'm hoping to put Linux on a 56GB virtual HDD and keep Windows XP on my current HDD. Can somebody write or direct me to a VERY detailed tutorial, starting from downloading slackware to the finishment of the installation? Thanks in advance. If you could, add me on MSN at cpp.eXploit@gmail.com and we'll talk. Once again, thank you, ALOT.

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    Well there is a detailed tutorial on getting Slackware and installing on www.slackware.com . You can dual boot with LILO which is the default boot loader in Slackware or you can alternativly use XP's NTLDR. I would suggest you use LILO, because it is more flexible.

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    Do you think you can direct me to the URL? I've been up for about 54 hours because I have insomnia and I'm very lost at the moment. Once again, thanks in advance.

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    I think you'll find here eveything that you want http://www.slackbook.org/#book . There's also a dual booting section.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goran
    Well there is a detailed tutorial on getting Slackware and installing on www.slackware.com . You can dual boot with LILO which is the default boot loader in Slackware or you can alternativly use XP's NTLDR. I would suggest you use LILO, because it is more flexible.
    plus getting the ntldr to work with windows and linux is a detailed pain my behind using lilo was much easier.
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    Where can I get the LILO boot loader? I was reading up on it and such, and I have the .rar of it but I don't know how to go about installing it. Also, it said it came with Slackware? I downloaded slackware and I'm going to burn it as an iso as soon as I get more information about slackware. Is it user-friendly? Should I use it as a starter linux distrobution? Please help me.

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    LILO comes with Slackware and the install will detect Windows if it is installed and add it to the boot menu.

    As for it being a starter distro...you will find it has a much higher learning curve that some other distros but if you are willing and want to learn Linux, Slackware is a good bet.

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    Do I just burn the two as ISOs then put in disc one and follow the installation? Or do I have to partition my HDD before that? If so, how would I go about that?

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    As long as you have some free, unpartitioned space, on your hard-disk that should be fine. Once you are into the slackware insallation you can setup the partions you need there.

    If you currently have no unpartitioned space then you have 2 choices:

    - If you can delete one of the partitions you have (to put Slackware there), then you can do all of this in the Slackware installation. Please note that deleting a partition will mean you loose absolutely ALL of the data on it.
    - If you need to resize a current 'windows partition' I would recommend you do this before starting the Slackware installation (Partition Magic is a great utility for this)

    As for boot loader, personally I prefer GRUB. it's a question of personal preference. You would have to install GRUB after you have completed the Slackware installation
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    As for LILO....It comes with Slackware, right?

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