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Installing Linux 6.2

By Ben P M Laauwen (CMC) ·
I want to install Linux 6.2 on my W98 system.
Do I have to (or should I) first run defragmenter.
What is the best size of partitions for boot, swap and others? (I do have 64K RAM)
Any other considerations for a Linux beginner with no UNIX experience or knowledge?

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by tilsharic In reply to Installing Linux 6.2

If you are using a partion program such as PQ Magic you will want to run defrag on your system (a good practice in any case) to allow for you to use the disk properly.
With my system I have a 1gb partion and 128MB swap partition. Hope this helps

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by jrperser In reply to Installing Linux 6.2

Running a defragmenter will only make a difference if you are resizing an exsisting partition. If you are going to resize an existing W98 partition to make it smaller so you can add Linux, defragmenting is a good idea.
My suggestion would be to run Linux on a separate disk. I have several systems running combinations of W98, W2K and Linux and have found this to be the best way.

As far as partitions are concerned,

boot - can be small. It doesn't hold much more than the kernal and system map. 10MB should be sufficient. If you do a lot of kernal recompiling and testing of new one's you might make it bigger.

swap - should be twice the size of your physical RAM but never more than 128MB.

others - this varies, you are talking about /, /usr, /opt and /home for most installations. Some people make these all one physical partition. I make /home a separate physical just in case I want to change distributions and not lose any of my personal data. Software you install like Quake or StarOffice will go either in your /usr or /opt partition so you want to make these several hundred MB each. Personally I don't see a huge advantage to creating a lot of partitions for these different directories but that's my personal preference.

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