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Linux Pre-Beginner Hard Drive Worries

I just re-partitioned my hard drive and left 235MB free to install Linux!  My problem is two fold!  None of the FAQs or Tutors I have seen online mention what files I need to start with; and one of them warned that installing Linux could wipe out my other partition intirely.  Is this true?  Can it destroy my Windows '95 Partition?  and could someone please tell me of a Linux that will fit in the available space and what files are needed for it?
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HalldorGCommented:
235 MB will be enough for a minimum Linux install.
use linux fdisk to split it up in 1 64 MB swap and rest for linux this is not much diskspace as there are so many good utils that you will not be able to use on such limited diskspace.
Linux will only destroy your Win95 partition if you tell it
to do so.  You can run Xwin on 235 MB but you have to be very  careful about what you install.  A bare minimum Redhat linux 5.2 is 91MB and that is without X.

And with 64MB swap you only have about 170MB left will not give you much space to play with.

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psalmsAuthor Commented:
Thank you! could you email me info on how big a partition I should have to make it worthwhile to start.

psalms3980@aol.com
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