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Re: Newbie bull brings own china shop.

OK, due to a download problem with a couple of the large CD iso files, I am trying the bootbf2.4.iso Andrew Bloch net install. When I get to the hard disk partitioning, I am not really sure what to do. My hard disk looks like the following at this time:

/dev/hda7    reiserfs    9.29 GB    (mount point) /

/dev/hda5    ext2        15.1 MB    /boot

shmfs           shm         57.9 MB    /dev/shm

This is from a SuSE 7.3 Pro install. I don't have a problem with the setup, if it will work with Debian, but I am unsure as to how to proceed with the Debian install prompts:

1) prompt for /dev/hda6 as swap I guess this is OK, I assume that shmfs is swap? I got this info from KDE Control Panel under SuSE 7.3. It uses KDE 2 something.

2) prompt for hda disk partition. I assume this provides an opportunity to reformat the entire hard disk, but all I really want to do is reformat the partitions at the same size for the same uses as I have now, unless there is a reason not to.



Mark Janssen wrote:
On Tue, 2003-02-25 at 08:04, Brian Durant wrote:
I am a relative Newbie to Linux and totally new to Debian and this list. 
My first questions, which I hope aren't like the above subject, is how 
closely related is Xandros (formerly Corel) to Debian? Is it close
I've never used Xandros, but I assume it's mostly the same except for
some customizing in the installer and 'desktop' department.

enough that list members wouldn't mind me posting problems to this list 
or is that verbotten? I know that Debian has a long and honored 
reputation of not including commercial software, but does that mean that 
no attempt is made to support commercial products, for example getting 
Win4Lin, Star Office or Codeweavers' Office and plug in products to run
For commercial software you can usually get good support from the
provider of that commercial software... that's what your paying for.

I've never used Win4Lin, but I know OpenOffice is working great for
debian, and it's also included in debian-main (unstable anyway).
Crossover also works perfectly.

At this time, I am trying to get a working Linux version installed on my 
daughter's Fujitsu-Siemens Celvin EasyPC. This PC has no legacy serial 
or parallel ports, supports USB 1.1  and like the iMac, comes without a
Should not be any problem... as long as it boots from cd-rom
built-in floppy drive. I have tried Mandrake PowerPack 9, SuSE 7.3 Pro 
and Xandros 1. I have had problems with all of these with regards to 
getting the SiS 900 Fast Ethernet driver (Ethernet built into 
Get a debian (mini- or netinst-)cd and boot it with the 'bf24' option to
use a 2.4 kernel. The 2.4 kernels in debian support the sis900 out of
the box (I have them in my laptop and desktop systems)

motherboard) to work properly. As the computer is connected to our home 
WAN/LAN, she hasn't been able to access the Internet or brows the 
Intranet. I am now in the process of burning the Debian 3 rev1 CDs and 
was wondering if there were any helpful comments or suggestions to any 
of the above.
On the isolinux prompt enter 'bf24'


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