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I'm breaking down and installing Linux
CWebguy

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Msg#: 3451319 posted 11:42 pm on Sep 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hey there, I'm breaking down and finally possibly going to install Linux on my Windows machine. It's been years since I've done it (dual operating systems). Any new good software out there for doing this (similiar to something like Wamp)?

 

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Msg#: 3451319 posted 7:57 pm on Sep 15, 2007 (gmt 0)

In most cases, you don't need anything special. Just choose grub as your bootloader when you install Linux, and let it replace your Windows bootloader.

You can use it to choose between multiple versions of Linux, DOS, Windows, etc.

On my Windows machine, I use Paragon Boot Manager to boot either Windows or DOS. (The latter for disk copy/maintainence software.) On my Linux machine, I just use Grub. (For Linux/DOS).

Of course, you'll have to make sure you have enough unused space on your hard drive, and make sure to install Linux into the unused space. You may need to use some volume shrink software first if you have unused space but it's allocated for a Windows volumes already.

CWebguy

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Msg#: 3451319 posted 8:12 pm on Sep 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Thanks jtara,
I'll probably give it a shot soon. Yes, I have lots of space left, so that shouldn't be a problem. Thanks for your help! God bless!

wheel

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Msg#: 3451319 posted 9:19 pm on Sep 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yeah, on mandriva for a couple of years now the dual boot is a standard part of the install. It recognizes it during the install, lets you resize the windows partition to leave the rest for linux, lets you pick which one boots by default, and so on - all during the regular install. I'm sure other distro's do the same thing.

CWebguy

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Msg#: 3451319 posted 11:30 pm on Sep 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Cool, thanks!

wheel

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Msg#: 3451319 posted 8:26 pm on Sep 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Make sure you read up on it first. You've got to compress your windows install first, i think it's done by a disk defrag.

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