Linux is one of the most flexible OSs available in terms of installation location, supported filesystems, and other important installation criteria. Discussing Linux installation generally, however, can be difficult because every Linux distribution supports a somewhat different set of features. For example, most of the major distributions, such as Red Hat, Debian, and SuSE, insist on installing only to Linux ext2fs partitions; however, a few distributions can install to FAT partitions using a special FAT variant known as UMSDOS. UMSDOS isn't as fast as ext2fs, however, and it brings with it many other FAT problems, so I recommend creating separate partitions for Linux use, even if you're using a distribution that supports UMSDOS installation. ...

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