Letters from Fedora #1

Having spent most of the first weekend of 2016 trying to install a dual boot system on my aging ASUS N55S laptop, I thought I should recount my experiences, as a personal log mainly.

Fedora (23), first and foremost requires an extended partition on an OS. There are numerous tutorials out there, but the most n00b-proof one I found is here:

win 7 extended partition

The reason for this is that the Fedora installer (Anaconda) needs to be able to create a number of volumes of differing sizes (/boot, swap, /home etc) and Simple Volumes, Logical Drives etc cannot support this (E&OE).

So, I created an extended partition in Windows 7, (which shows up as Free Space) and ran the Fedora installer (from a USB drive). It allowed me to create several partitions, for /boot, swap and / partitions but failed at the final hurdle BECAUSE:

MBR or Master Boot Record is gradually becoming replaced by GPT.


To do this on my laptop would require deleting all partitions and the entire OS. It is possible to change MBR to GPT on a disk, but must be done on a single unpartitioned disk, with no data whatsoever. GPT also supports multiple volumes (like an Extended Partition under Windows).
So I just changed MBR to GPT on my 150GB external disk and I can boot into it from Windows BIOS; not quite a dual boot system but hey. I am now running Arduino and Processing within a Linux distro. Next stop PlanetCCRMA, Supercollider and OpenSoundControl.



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