Originally Posted by evil jose
Mike, I'd appreciate any kind of write up on how it turns out for you. I've been wanting to try it myself and wouldn't mind doing it on my Dell laptop as well.
I have the same problem with Bittorrent. I can do normal web surfing but I tend to just run it whenever I'm away from the computer and overnight.
OK, got slackware running. Off the top of my head here is what I did.
0. Backed up the disk image to another hard disk.
1. I have a single 100gb drive with a 100gb primary partition. I cleaned up the drive of junk files and then ran windows defrag on the disk a couple of times to get the files moved to the beginning of the partition.
2. Resized the partition. I shrunk it down to about 50% of the disk. This was a pain in the ass; partition magic croaked with an "out of memory" error. I read where you can use a "knoppix live linux cd" image to boot from and use a utility therein. I also read where you can download something called "bootitng" which is what I used (http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html
). You download this, run a .exe to expand an .iso image, burn the image to a cd, boot off of it (which starts a gui shell and an installation process), exit the installation process (leaving the shell running) and within the shell are some partition utilities. They worked ez and fast for me.
3. Burn the slackware disks. You only need the first two images. Be sure to get the english language ones from BT.
4. Boot off the 1st CD. Once you get logged in you will need to create two additional primary partitions (1st partition is the existing windows partition) making for 3 primary partitions total. First new partition is a "linux swap" partition, and 2nd new partition is a "linux" partition. Run "cfdisk" from the prompt and after you screw with it for 20 minutes or so it'll make sense.
5. Reboot again, log in, and type "setup". You'll want to choose to setup the swap and linux partitions. Go thru that process.
6. After partitions are initialized I just selected to install everything (the default).
7. Setup will run thru disk 1 and prompt you for disk 2. Change disks, hit enter.
8. Toward the end of disk 2 you will be prompted to select a kernel. Be sure to use the "from cd" option (you get to swap disks again) and select the highlighted choice.
9. Lilo is the boot loader. I told mine to install with the MBR option.
10. You'll be prompted to install some services. The defaults are probably fine for the average desktop user.
11. I mainly took default choices where prompted. If you screw up you can always start installation over again.
12. I went with the ext2 file system.
After install is complete then reboot again. After logging in type "startx" to enter the graphical environment.
The "shutdown" command shuts down linux. For example, "shutdown now".
I may edit this as I think of other things.