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Linux on Thinkpad R40?

By Samuel C. ·
Any suggestions on installing Linux on IBM Thinkpad R40? 1) What Distribution? 2) Dual Boot With Windows XP. 3) Anything else.
I will be getting it next week (R40).

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Linux on Thinkpad R40?

by magellanix In reply to Linux on Thinkpad R40?

Hello :-D

1) Distro
I recommened Mandrake version 9.1 This is a really nice distro for new people, it is very easy to use and mandrake it self hosts sites like forums, tutorials and very uptodate.

2) Dual Boot
You will need to have some space for linux, it won't install on your current partition, You will need to restructure it, not hard.

If you have another operating system installed and covering the whole hard disk, you need to resize this partition and leaving about 2-3 Gigs for linux.

When you install linux, you need to make 2 partitions,
Partition 1 - SWAP - The size for this should be twice the size of your RAM.
Partition 2 - / - This partition is where everything is going to go for linux, the size, depends on what you want and need.

When linux installs, it will do Dual boot for you using a linux loader, either 'LILO' or 'GRUB' I recommend you use LILO when asked.

Mandrake has a nice Documentation page as well if you need more help:

If you have anymore questions just post or email :-D

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by Samuel C. In reply to Linux on Thinkpad R40?

Since I posted this Q&A So much has Changed in Business Linux!!!
Now that Red Hat has Changed and Novell Go's with
Suse, I want to know of alternatives to my RH 8.
Fedora? Slackware? Mandrake?
And is it easy to go from Linux to Linux?

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