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Linux as a third OS

Well, I previously asked about how to start with linux here, and suggestions were towards starting with knoppix. (I also tried Shabdix, a Farsi version of linux.)
I tried to install latest version of Fedora on my machine as a third OS (the first one is WinXP installed on Disk0 Part1 which is about 15GB, the second is Win98SE on Disk0 Part2 which is about 7GB) in the third partition of my disk, and yes it is outside the 8GB limit but I have a good BIOS!
When it came to installation of a boot loader (GIGO in my case) I didn't notice the option of not writing to MBR, if it was there, and the MBR was damaged. Thanks god I have Drive Image and PartitionMagic and BootMagic and Norton Ghost at my hand! Actually I decided to fully format the hard disk and repartition it from begining!!
Any ways the question is here: I want to install Linux on a machine currently loading WindowsXP and Windows98SE. Dual booting is currently carried out by BootMagic. I want MBR not to be affected. Any suggestions?
Something in side: Seems that having a swap partition is recommended for better performance. How much space should I put for that?
Thanks
Huji
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owensleftfootCommented:
When you get to the boot loader option in the installation choose the option to install the boot loader in the boot sector of the linux partition rather than the mbr. You will then have to setup bootmagic to include this option in the boot menu. The recommended size for the swap partition is usually 2.5 times the size of physical memory.
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deurkCommented:
Actually, about the swap size, this was true for really old computers. If you have 512MB or more, just forget the swap partition for a workstation, and for a server, just set it to 64MB it will be plenty enough (been running servers without swap for years).
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hujiAuthor Commented:
Ok. I want to know when this swap thing is used by linux.
Second, I think you have focused on only one aspect of my question. I wanna install a third OS. I don't wanna have GRUB (I miss typed it GIGO for an unknown reason in my question!!) or LILO or anything. Can I install it on a logical partition, or should it be primary? What size of partition for that do I need?
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deurkCommented:
Swap is used when systems runs out of RAM.
Second, you can install that wherever you want and create a boot floppy if you don't want your MBR touched or boot loader installed on your hard drives.
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hujiAuthor Commented:
So you say I can install it on logical partition without any precautions?
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deurkCommented:
I say you can install it on any EMPTY partition :)
BUT you don't know me so I would recommend a backup if you have other datas on the same disk :)

But I did it many times...
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hujiAuthor Commented:
I said I have DriveImage, PartitionMagic, NortonGhost and lots of others! I can recreate my hard disk at any time! So don't worry.. In the worst case I will do it many times too! (Which is the best case of course!)
Thanks for helping
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