I would like to install Linux Mint 18.2 Mate 32 bit (which I currently have on a thumb drive), as a dual boot alongside Windows XP which is currently the only OS on the HD. Here are the computer specs:
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mint@mint ~ $ inxi -Fxz System: Host: mint Kernel: 4.8.0-53-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya Machine: System: Dell (portable) product: MM061 Mobo: Dell model: 0XD720 Bios: Dell v: A08 date: 07/28/2006 CPU: Dual core Intel T2050 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3) bmips: 6384 clock speeds: max: 1600 MHz 1: 1067 MHz 2: 1333 MHz Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RV515/M52 [Mobility Radeon X1300] bus-ID: 01:00.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RV515 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 12.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-53-generic Network: Card-1: Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX driver: b44 v: 2.0 bus-ID: 03:00.0 IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection driver: iwl3945 v: in-tree:s bus-ID: 0b:00.0 IF: wlp11s0 state: down mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: NA (-) ID-1: /dev/sda model: Hitachi_HTS54106 size: 58.5GB temp: 47C ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: Cruzer_Glide size: 31.4GB temp: 0C RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 159 Uptime: 1 min Memory: 276.5/997.4MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 mint@mint ~ $
I have launched the installer and I got to this part of the installation (link to screenshot):
If I understand correct, sda1 is Dell's stuff that I shouldn't touch. sda2 is where the XP OS lives, it takes only 17GB out of 40GB, but I don't know if that includes user files/documents. I don't know what sda3 and sda4 are and whether I can touch them.
Checking the HD from XP's Disk Management tool, I see a different picture and I'm not sure how to understand it in light of what I see from the Linux Installer. Here's a like to that screenshot:
I would like to leave minimal space for XP as I don't really plan to use it, and have three partitions (root, swap and home) for Mint.