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[opensuse] 12.2 on a Windows 7 machine
OK, I've been using Suse for about 15 years now, but I am not a network or systems guy. My education and background is in software. I've learned a lot about managing systems because I've had to and I don't mind learning. The changes from version to version can really throw me, for example, it took me weeks to get SAMBA working on the Linux end, but then it worked great (version 11.1). When I upgraded to 11.2, I saved the SAMBA data and copied it back in and it worked fine. With 12.1 it no longer works and I haven't been able to figure it out. I understand and accept the limits of Suse documentation and have learned a lot struggling with services, but on the other hand, after 15 years, I still don't understand what "routing" tables are or how they work, and I've read a lot on it. Those aren't my issues today, I just want to set your understanding of where I am and my own limitations.

I want to setup my HP laptop for Windows 7 and Suse 12.2 dual boot. I would go completely Linux if I knew I could get everything, including camera and networking working. I also need at least one computer setup with Windows internet access for online setup of a couple of device configurations, including my entertainment center remote, which only works under Windows. I also have a lot of files on the laptop that I cannot risk losing, but I don't have any easy means to back them up, especially since SAMBA no longer works on my desktop system.

That brings up the following:

My laptop has only one partition of the type needed to load an bootable operating system. I forget the type, but when I tried to load Suse a year ago I trashed the computer and lost everything. Like some other things, I don't really understand this aspect really well. I can certainly setup up partitions otherwise and have been doing it for many years, including on Windows/Linux computers. Documentation says "just use gparted," but then no help from there, and again, I don't want to trash my computer with a mistake from limited knowledge. I know this is a common issue, and people who do understand all the issues together have some trouble getting it to work, but eventually do, but nobody gives a step-by-step, which shouldn't be that long a document, on how to prepare a system for loading Linux for dual boot. Like others on google searches, I can't find anything that makes sense and I just don't know enough to pull the trigger, and I don't really know how to acquire the knowledge because there are so many incomplete and conflicting essays on the subject. So, I'm asking:

- Is there any help for SAMBA, especially changes since 11.2? That way I could back up my system and not be so worried. Otherwise, the home edition of Windows 7 is extremely restrictive about network connectivity.

- Is there any comprehensive documentation for installing a dual boot system like I want to do?

Thanks in advance,

Jim
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