Posted 09-20-2004 at 20:13:34
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If it's a pretty old version of Linux, it might work, the newer ones will be a dog on that old of a machine. If you can find something like Red Hat 7.2 it might be better. Also, there will probably be some things that don't work. If you have a Winmodem (a software modem) they don't work with Linux, only Windows. If you have cable or some other network connection instead of dial-up, it will be easy to make it work.
Your computer may be too old to boot from the CD. In that case, you'll have to make a boot floppy using a program called rawrite that will be on the cd under a directory called something like dosutils. It writes the image file to the floppy, you put in the cd, then boot from the floppy.
You can just wipe all the old partitions when you do the install and Windows will be gone forever. I have a pretty big HD on this computer and have it set up to dual boot Red Hat 9 and Windows XP, depending on what mood I'm in!
Good luck, if you can get all the hardware to work it should be fine and you'll love it.