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Old 2005-08-13, 19:49   #1
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Okay.. I do not even have Linux, but my question is: What distro to use? I was recommended Fedora because it should be userfriendly. So I downloaded Fedora Core 3. However, when I tried to install it from CD, it said something like "your PC does not support long mode, please use 32-bit version".

My laptop is Pentium M 1.6 GHz and 1 year old. What's wrong or should I do another distro?

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Old 2005-08-13, 21:08   #2
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Could it be that you downloaded the 64-bit version?
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Old 2005-08-13, 22:01   #3
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Could it be that you downloaded the 64-bit version?
uhh...
probably yes...

Well... Since those CD's are useless to me now anyway, can you advice me about distros??
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Old 2005-08-13, 22:11   #4
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Well, you could go for fedora core 4 instead.

As for other distros you could try "ubuntu".

When you install create partitions

/ --root, probabable half your disk (5-10 gigs)
/home -- this is where your personal data goes
swap -- about a gig of disk space

With this configuration, if anything goes wrong and you need to install the/a system again your personal data partition need not be reformatted and you will not loose it -- just mount that partition under /home again

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Old 2005-08-13, 22:48   #5
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Problem is: I only have 33.1 Gb disk space!
And at ftp://klid.dk/pub/fedora/linux/core/4/ (the fedora core) I can choose between SRPMS, i386, ppc and x86 64 (<--- which doesn't work). Which to choose?
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1) If you are prepared to loose any other operating system then 33 GB is tons! Use something like what I suggested -- make /home about 20 gigs -- it's upto you. Most distros will not need more that 10 gigs. This, the root directory, is where everything gets installed under --> /

2) go for i386

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Old 2005-08-13, 23:12   #7
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I'm probably gonna download it tomorrow. Until then: inside the i386 folder there's both FC4-i386-SRPMS-disc*.iso and FC4-i386-disc*.iso. Which one`?

* I do not need the source or anything else. Just the OS
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SRPMS stands for "Source RPMS" and RPM stands for Red Hat Package Manager. This is a package format that is used by many distros. So you will not really need the SRPMS ones.
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Another thing is that you will have an account on the system for the "root" user. Probably, when you install you will be prompted to make some (ordinary) user accounts. Say you make one for "omboohankvald" then this account cannot alter the system -- it is safe -- use it most of the time. Only log on as root when you need to make some changes to the system -- remember root can destroy the whole system in a few keystokes. Moral: make sure you have the right hat on.
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