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    Just need a bit of direction here. I am ready to jump into Linux, but I am going with a dual boot. I have Ubuntu 6.06 distro, I ran the live cd and liked what I saw, plus EVERYTHING was working, audio, wireless, you name it, it worked.
    When I started the install, I chose to do a manual partitioning and thats when I got stuck. I do non't want to lose my Vista install. I have a 120 GB drive, 55 GB allocated for windows, the rest unallocated, based on what I read my best option is to install on unallocated/ free space. So tell me, WHAT is my best option so everything is bootable when finished????????

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    one partition for the OS one for swap, swap about double size of your ram 512mb to 1gb or so, use the rest for your OS, install the bootloader in the MBR as normal

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    So then the option that shows the following:
    /boot should be correct for my windows partition.
    / will be for the installation partition.
    and
    /swap will be for the swap partition.


    Thanx for the info.

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    Most of the linux distro's have an option on installation that uses the free space
    (unlocated space).Check whether your distro has that option.
    It automatically assigns /,/swap and /boot partions for you.
    This will be over soon, and then I can ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by omidkamangar
    It automatically assigns /,/swap and /boot partions for you.
    I would go with that route if I were you for beginning. I don't see any reason to have separate partitions when you purely use as desktop. Just uses the whole partiton to Linux and it will assign what it needs within that partition including swap.
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    boot partitions are a legacy misnomer, like any partition beyond / it is completely option, though it is usually a good idea for protecting your kernel images from filesystem damage, ie not mounting boot all the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzmnstr
    /boot should be correct for my windows partition.
    Oh, no no no .... That will wipe off your Windows and put Linux kernel on that partition.
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    On the first install attempt, the configuration was just that. Linux wanted to load /boot to my windows partition.
    The last time I did use linux, I was not dual booting the system.
    Would using something like system commander make this less confusing for a newbie, or just complicate the issue????????????

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    If you have already resized your partition, as you said you have Windows on partition1 and then the rest is raw disk space, then just install everything on that raw disk space. Your Linux install should detect you have Windows on partiton1 (if it's ATA drive 1 then it's /dev/hda1), mark it to set up as Windows then you should be good to go.
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