Last week, I spent a most enjoyable morning (with a few nervous moments) repartitioning the hard-drive on my business Latitude 13 and installing the Fedora 15 XFCE re-spin. I found out that you can only have 4 primary partitions on the disk, and as there was already a Dell recovery partition, a boot partition and the Windows 7 partition, it didn’t leave me with many options for separate Linux swap, root and home partitions. So I set up a fourth logical partition and then split that up into the three parts that I required.
The Latitude 13 has no optical media bay, so I had already created a bootable USB pendrive using the Fedora LiveUSB Creator application for Windows. I booted into that, having changed the boot order in the BIOS of the Dell, and then installed over the partitions I had already set up. root and home bioth have ext4 filesystems.
GRUB took care of the boot procedure, and as it is my work machine, it boots directly into Windows 7 unless told otherwise. All the usual updates took place, including one of the kernel, so I need to sort out the GRUB listing before I start getting multiple kernel options.
GRASS, QGIS, Spyder, all the scientific Python modules, LibreOffice, Thunderbird and Alpine were all downloaded into the distribution. XFCE is being used to stay away from the Gnome 3.0 interface and to try and keep the distro as light as possible, but these heavier packages are needed to undertake the training I am looking to do.