Need Help With Dual Boot Install.

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Need Help With Dual Boot Install.

Postby Mountain High » 21. August 2012 06:14

The 3 Books I bought:
- PHP, My SQL and Apache 5th Edition By SAMS
I plane to study this book in sequence. Programs build on each other.
Comes with DVD and has: PHP 5.4, MySQL 5.5 and Apache 2.4 that I can install individually.
Or I can install XAMPP that will install everything and give me an interface, to my understanding.

- Beginning PHP and My SQL from Novice to Professional 4th Edition. By aPress
This book is more of a reference, the topics do not build on each other.

- Linux for Dummies 8 books in 1, 4th Edition.
Comes with DVD and has: openSUSE, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu and Xandros.

Plan A:
For my studies, I would like to run Linux as OS and install Apache, MySQL and PHP to run a Web Server and to learn everything as I go. I would like to keep Windows 7 on this new HP Pavilion p6 series AMD Quad-Core A6-3650 Accelerated Processor PC and partition the hard drive to have a dual boot system. Then on the new partition install Linux and so on. Then I can start to have a wonderful life with open source.

Plan B:
As I understand, there is a flash drive that will boot Linux. First of all, I don’t know where to download it. Then if I did, will it change Windows 7 in anyway?

Now – if I can run Linux off a flash drive, can all of the other software be install on the same flash drive and run properly and not change Windows 7 box at all???

Plan C:
Format the drive and install Linux and so on.

Plan D:
Using the program XAMPP on the DVD from the book PHP, My SQL and Apache 5th Edition By SAMS and start learning PHP, MySQL and a little about Apache with Windows 7 as OS. But this will not give me Linux knowledge!!!!!!!!!

One Last Item:
What is the command to find out what type and version of Linux on work server?
Mountain High
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Re: Need Help With Dual Boot Install.

Postby festus » 11. September 2012 07:24

I suggest you Plan E:
Download Knoppix Live-CD from
(KNOPPIX_V7.0.4CD-2012-08-20-EN.iso - 695MB)
or the Live-DVD KNOPPIX_V7.0.4DVD-2012-08-20-EN.iso - 4GB
and burn it on CD or DVD

You don't need HDs for running Knoppix. Later you can it install on HD or flash drive (min 2GB for Live-CD)
For the DVD you need by installation min 12GB.

Knoppix based on Debian GNU/Linux. An english forum is on
Info's here:

greets festus
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