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I'm currently running MS-DOS (Win-95) on a 2G partition. I have 1Gb left to run Linux. How should I partition my harddrive?

Should I make the Linux partition primary or secondary? Should I make a swap-partition? (And in that case primary or secondary? Size?)
What partition(s) should I mark as bootable?

It would be nice if I could get a menu on bootup that
asks what OS to start. (I had one when I used OS/2.)

I'm going to install Debian.

TIA
/Johan
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For the partitions I recommend:

1 for Windows-DOS
1 for Linux
1 fow Linux's swap

Some people prefer 3 Linux partitions:
1 for data
1 for software and system files
1 for swap

And even some don't want swap at all, specially if one is not using RAM's high demanding applications.

The size of each partition depends pretty much in what are you going to do, the swap partition increases it's size if you have less memory. If you have 32 Mbytes or less the swap partition's size should be 32 Mbytes. Over that your partition could be smaller but you will be in the safe side if you keep 32Mbytes. If you are going to use heavy graphics this could be not enough, nevertheless you can increase it creating swap files.

The complete Linux installation should take anything from 100 to 300 Mbytes depending of what you install (swap not included), then there is your data and third party software...

Linux comes with a boot manager called LILO, I don't know Debian, but other Linuxes ask and guide you trough the configuration of this utility. It allows you to but Linux and W95 without any problem.

When you install Linux you are giving a chance to choose your partitions and Lilo will take care of the type and which one to make active or not, nevertheless notice that repartitioning is going to destroy your W95 actual partition.

You can find more information in this site:

http://www.linux.org

in the Help section. Check the FAQs an the How-TOs.


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