Linux is an open source operating system.It is a free operating system which have different versions.Linux allows persistent and high performance on networks and work stations.Linux can handle a very large number of users simultaneously.
The installation process of Linux is usually fast and easy.Linux programs are coming with user friendly set up and installation programs.The configuration settings required is very simple.The PC must have a running Windows XP or Vista in it. And before the installation process the user must slice his disk in to smaller partitions.For precaution take the back up of the user’s data, too.
Before the disk partition process the user must make sure that all of his data is correctly packed together.For this purpose use Defrag’em(de fragmentation).It is an easy process.It will help to arrange the block of data in the disk in a proper order.And it will reduce the fragmentation too.
For doing Defrag’em first click the “my computer”.Then select the drive that the user want to defrag.Then select the switch “tool tab” and click the “defragment now” button.If the size of the disk is high then the Defrag time will also increases.
2.SELECT A DEDICATED PARTITION APPLICATION
Use specialised tools like “Gparted” instead of ready packed tools.It will provide more flexibility and several special features.It is now available in “Live CD” form and is very easy to use. “Gparted” helps to carve enough space for Linux in a very short time period.
3.RESERVATION OF PRIMARY PARTITION FOR WINDOWS
3 types of disk partitions are available.They are primary,logical and extended partitions.The user must keep the windows in a primary partition and keep the Linux in both the logical and primary partitions.
The user must make enough space before the Linux installation. Resizing of the existing partitions is necessary.It will be a time consuming process.Keep the free space at the end part of the partition section.Because if the user add a new partition in between the existing partitions then it will be difficult for the boot loader to boot in to the partitions.
Labelling of partition is very important.The labelling will help to identify the partitions more easily.User can label his partitions with in the Windows or from the “Gparted” live CD.
6.ROOM FOR SWAP
Swap space is the virtual paging file of the Linux.Ithelps to supplement the memory of the users machine.Allow the free space out side the file system.So the user can share his swap partition with other Linux distros.
7.SPACE FOR LINUX DURING INSTALLATION
Some Linux distros will take only 3 GB free space for the installation process.But most Linux distros need at least 10 GB free space inside the computer.Because they have very high online repositories.So that the user can access so many software packages.