Dual boot

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Easiest way is to pop in a ubuntu disk and run wubi.exe, this installs ubuntu like a application on windows without needing it's own partition space on your hard drive. However I would not recommend this, for best performance, I have my own method which is this:


1. Pop Ubuntu or your preferred Linux disc into the computer
2. Press "Full install" if using Ubuntu, follow the steps if using different distro
3. Choose specify something else/Custom partition
4. Delete current partition/s
5. Create your partitions in this order : Swap (2-5GB, Logical drive and at the beginning), Then create a new partition: ext4 Linux primary and size it as large or small as you would like.
6. finish install
7. install windows in the free space left over
8. recover Linux by popping the Linux cd back in and doing a recovery because windows wiped out grub from your master boot record.
9 update and secure both.
10. Your done!

The reason I do it this way is that the speed of Linux regardless of distribution is highly dependent on SWAP being the very first partition on your hard drive. Even if your computer has plenty of physical RAM you still need SWAP to be in the beginning and the very first partition. This has made a huge difference in my performance.

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That's a very interesting point about swap, I''m going to have to look at that.

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You should turn this into a manual for all easy-doers.

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This was a crazy setup I had a while ago when I was trying to dualboot 2 linux OSs with windows. They way it was setup was by using a harddisk for each OS, and installing without having the disks connected. Then, in bios, choose the disk with the desired OS the system will boot. I'm going to set this up again. It actually worked good.

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Would like to see the any and all information on the lvm swap on first partition? In any case I will try this :)

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One off thing I noticed regarding ubuntu/debian and fedora install is that when your setting up your custom partitions and make the swap, then the ext4 in that order to make SWAP first; for some reason fedora changes it so that the ext4 is first. Debian and ubuntu however leave it how I originally did it like I wanted.

I don't know if someone more familiar with fedora would also have this problem or not.

I believe I was able to get around this however with fedora, by setting up my partitions using the ubuntu disk, then installing fedora.

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