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Using linux with windows

Link to this post 31 May 10

Hi i am not totally ready to throw away my windows os and make the switch to windows, I have heard that there are linux os operating systems that can be used with windows on the same pc. Can anyone tell me how good they are?

Link to this post 31 May 10

johnsonman wrote:

Hi i am not totally ready to throw away my windows os and make the switch to windows, I have heard that there are linux os operating systems that can be used with windows on the same pc. Can anyone tell me how good they are?

Every linux distribution can work alongside windows (or any other Operating System including other linux distros).

Every time you start your computer you'll get a screen where you can chose which OS to start (with a default option if you like).

If you haven't tried linux at all, at suggest you to download a LiveCD and give it a try (you don't have to touch anything at all on your computer, just boot from the CD/DVD and you'll have a full linux experience(well, keep in mind it'll be slow as it is running from the cd drive)).

You can try Ubuntu, Fedora, Opensuse or any other "user friendly" distribution if you are a newbie. Two of my friends recently decided to give Ubuntu 10.04 a try and they seem to be quite happy with it .

If you decide to install it (there is an option on the livecd), you'll have to resize your windows partition (make it smaller to get room for the linux installation) and then let the installer handle the free space that you have just created. Everything should be pretty much simple and easy.

If you need help we'll be more than glad to help you ;)

Welcome to the linux world!

Link to this post 01 Jun 10

If you are truly new to Linux and would like to experiment with it along side of windows without too much modification then I would like to recommend installing ubuntu with the wubi installer. The wubi installer installs it within your existing windows partition in it's own directory and uses the windows bootloader. This method is useful because it minimized the potential of mistakes and it can allow you to remove it as you would with any windows app if you are unhappy.

Link to this post 04 Jun 10

Thanks a lot for the help guys!

I am going to give Ubuntu a try

Link to this post 05 Jun 10

johnsonman wrote:

Thanks a lot for the help guys!

I am going to give Ubuntu a try

Make sure you come back and share your experience with it :)

Link to this post 19 Jul 10

I've never tried using windows and linux together, linux has nothing to envy anyone, I have always used linux alone and sometimes with other Unix-based operating system

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