I need some information regarding the installation of Manajaro Linux alongside Windows 8.1 OS.
[Questions, prefixed with “Q.)” are asked in BOLD typeface. IMPORTANT Question is about Hard-drive Partition].
Q.) First of all, among the official editions, which version is suitable for low-end hardware systems - XFCE or GNOME, or Plasma?
My system is a Dell Laptop from Inspiron 15 series. The following are the system requirements for my laptop.
Processor: Intel(R) Core™ i3-4005U CPU @ 1.70GHz, 1700 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s) [Intel64 Family 6 Model 69 Stepping 1 GenuineIntel ~782 Mhz]
Total Physical Memory (RAM): 4,000 MB
Available Physical Memory: 916 MB
Virtual Memory: Max Size: 8,352 MB
Virtual Memory: Available: 2,638 MB
Virtual Memory: In Use: 5,714 MB
Hard Disk drive: 500 GB (approx.). Following is the partition of Harddrive.
|Drive|C:| (WINDOWS Installed)
|Size| 195.95 GB (210,396,770,304 bytes)|
Free Space: 46.53 GB (49,958,572,032 bytes)
|Drive|D:| (Partition Reserved for Linux OS)
|Size| 100.39 GB (107,793,608,704 bytes)|
|Free Space| 100.23 GB (107,620,384,768 bytes)|
|Drive|E:| (Partition to be Accessible by both Windows and Manjaro)
|File System| NTFS|
|Size| 169.08 GB (181,547,298,816 bytes)|
|Free Space| 30.84 GB (33,117,814,784 bytes)|
Q.) For the above existing hard-disk partition, if I have to install Manjaro Linux OS alongside Windows 8.1 OS, then which option do I need to select - Install Alongside, Replace Partition, or Manual Partitioning?
I want to install Manjaro Linux OS in the D-partition of my existing hard drive. And, I want the partition “E” to be accessible from both Windows 8.1 and Manjaro Linux.
So, should it be Replace Partition or Manual Partition? If Manual Partition, then, please let me know about the different sizes of partition, bootloader, etc.
Regarding the graphics cards/drivers, I have the following in my system.
|Name|Intel(R) HD Graphics Family|
|Adapter Type|Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, Intel Corporation compatible|
|Adapter Description|Intel(R) HD Graphics Family|
|Adapter RAM|1.00 GB (1,073,741,824 bytes)|
|Name||NVIDIA GeForce 820M|
|Adapter Type||GeForce 820M, NVIDIA compatible|
|Adapter Description||NVIDIA GeForce 820M|
|Adapter RAM||(2,147,483,648) bytes|
Intel Graphics Driver is the Integrated Graphics in the System. Alongside, there is the NVIDIA GeForce Graphics Card also.
Q.) Given the above list of display drivers, while installing Manjaro Linux, when it comes down to installing drivers, which option should I select - Free OR Non-Free? With respect to the above NVIDIA model, selecting FREE drivers will be sufficient, or, should it be Non-Free?
So, any help regarding the above queries is appreciated. Please let me know as early as possible.