Linux for dummies, Edition: 7th ed by Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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It’s easy to forget and end up wondering why the machine isn’t doing what you told it to do. Now, before you go any farther, there’s one more thing I want you to do: Locate your Linux distribution’s documentation. These manuals can help you get past installation roadblocks and contain lots of useful information for after the installation is finished. If you purchased your distribution, it probably came with printed manuals. redhat. com/docs) is still quite new, but its collection should grow over time.

Note that you have multiple options here. You can choose Free Space Before to resize the partition and leave the specified amount of empty space in front of it, New Size to specify an exact new size for the partition, or Free Space After to resize the partition such that there is the specified amount of empty space after it. If you have smaller pieces of blank space scattered through your drive between partitions, you can start by absorbing them into the other partitions. Do so by changing the Free Space Before or After entry for each partition to zero, thus squeezing things together more efficiently (by moving all your free space to the end of the drive).

Sorry for yelling, but you can wipe out your whole Windows installation if you don’t take some precautions! Preparing to Use Linux and Microsoft Windows Together If you’re planning to run Linux and Microsoft Windows on the same machine, the odds are that you already have Windows installed and have been using it for some time. Because I hate to hear screams of anguish all the way up here in western Canada, take a moment to assess what you have and what you need to do. On the off chance that you actually don’t have Windows installed yet and still want that dual-boot capability, you’ll want to install Windows before you install Linux.

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