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beachreader
2007-04-03, 15:39
Hello - Im new to squeeze box-slim ...I am having trouble deciding which linux to use...i.e. suse, red hat etc...My plans are dual boot my old dell dimension 4100 ( 7/2000)...I will have 2 hard drives
1) windows 98 ( master)
2) linux

Does anyone have any suggestions on a Linux brand or verison that will allow me to dual boot, and run my squeeze box software. Linus user friendly installation OS with I guess lots of GUI if that makes any sense. Or easy installation manual with lots of slide frames to walk me threw it. Further I notice that Slim service downloads only have 2 linux downloads...is that a problem if I do not got with their brand of linux. Thanks a lot and in advance...

pfarrell
2007-04-03, 15:49
beachreader wrote:

> Does anyone have any suggestions on a Linux brand or verison

The normal term is "distribution" since that is the main distinction.
Distributions have names like Ubuntu, SuSE, Fedora, Mandriva, etc.

The number one criteria is: Do you have a buddy who uses one distro or
another? Can you buy them a beer in exchange for consulting? If so,
use that one.

All of them have easy to use GUIs. or at least all of the mainline ones.

Refer to criteria one above.


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Pat
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SuperQ
2007-04-03, 17:14
My suggestion is to use Ubuntu. http://ubuntu.com

There is an easy to use slimserver package for ubuntu. It can be added using the GUI synaptic package manager.

You just need to enter this information:

Load synaptic and then goto "Settings::Repositories".

Click Add, Custom.

Enter this text:
deb http://debian.slimdevices.com stable main

Then you can simply search for slimserver and install it.

SuperQ
2007-04-03, 17:27
Oh.. one thing to note.. The Dimension 4100 is probably fast enough for running Ubuntu, but you will want to make sure you have enough ram. Modern linux requires a lot more ram than windows 98. You should have atleast 256MB of ram to run the GUI and slimserver at the same time without being too slow.

beachreader
2007-04-03, 17:28
hmm rough crowd here I see....sorry I asked... any suggestions on which "distribution" has a clear step by step process to install linux on a second hard drive and works well with one of the 2 linux slimserver downloads. thanks

pfarrell
2007-04-03, 18:14
beachreader wrote:
> hmm rough crowd here I see....sorry I asked... any suggestions on which
> "distribution" has a clear step by step process to install linux on a
> second hard drive and works well with one of the 2 linux slimserver
> downloads. thanks

Do you have a buddy?

Every one that I've tried has good support for dual booting and working
with Windoze.

There are .deb files (all Debian, Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc.) and .rpm
(all RedHat, Mandriva, Fedora, etc.)
That there are only two binaries is no restriction, since nearly every
distro uses/support either .deb or .rpm files.


I would not recommend Mandriva, altho I use it, and have been using it
for years with Slimserver. Mandriva has left out a fair number of the
development tools. You can use Mandriva, but you have to manually load
the tools.


--
Pat
http://www.pfarrell.com/music/slimserver/slimsoftware.html

matthijskoopmans
2007-04-03, 18:28
Are you going to use the linux boot only for SlimServer? if so, why not give slimcd a try... you do not need to install it (although I believe you can), and it uses very little resources. Furthermore, it is a turn-key solution... :)

you can find it here: http://www.herger.net/slim/detail.php?nr=763

Thanks to Michael Herger for putting this together.

mherger
2007-04-03, 23:19
> Hello - Im new to squeeze box-slim ...I am having trouble deciding which
> linux to use...i.e. suse, red hat etc...

There are quite a few discussions of that topic (some of which with almost
identical subject ;-)):

http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=32287
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=29070
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=33229
http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=33301

You should find all the information you're looking for.

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Havoc
2007-04-04, 12:06
The advise that pfarell gave about the buddy is the best you can get.

Before you put any distro on a pc that you already have, check the forums/web of that distro for know problems. Same for chipset, videocard and other cards.

If you're looking for the best manuals with step fot step guide, then Gentoo comes to my mind. But it would be a bit steep for starters. Getting Slim to run won't demand more than "emerge slimserver" however it will take a lot before you are there. ;)

beachreader
2007-04-06, 07:34
My suggestion is to use Ubuntu. http://ubuntu.com

SuperQ was checking out the Ubuntu web sites there appears to be 2 verisons of

1)Ubuntu 6.10 supported to 2008
2)Ubuntu 6.06 LTS supported to 2010

do you have a preference and do know what the differences are. Thanks very much!!

Davey
2007-04-06, 08:43
My suggestion is to use Ubuntu. http://ubuntu.com

There is an easy to use slimserver package for ubuntu. It can be added using the GUI synaptic package manager.

You just need to enter this information:

Load synaptic and then goto "Settings::Repositories".

Click Add, Custom.

Enter this text:
deb http://debian.slimdevices.com stable main

Then you can simply search for slimserver and install it.

Wow! This is a totally painless operation and I had SS up and running (Ubuntu 6.06) with no fuss at all. Very handy for a Linux newbie like myself.

Thanks much.

Davey.