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Old 09-20-2010, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default dual boot windows 7 / linux

I have recently returned to a pc after my macbook broke down out of warranty.

anyway i was wondering if people had any experiences of dual booting windows 7 with linux

also are there any specific advantages to using linux and what is a good distribution to start with (ubuntu??)

i want to keep windows for things like winuae and other emulators
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:43 PM   #2
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Dreamlinux has an out of the box MacOS look. It's a Debian distro (like Ubuntu) and has the ever popular apt-get....
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:05 AM   #3
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Default Re: dual boot windows 7 / linux

some advantages to linux:

If you have multiple people using the machine, its nice to have a solid set of permissions that are easy to set for each account

The system does not degrade over time in its performance

apt-get makes downloading apps and updating your entire system a breeze

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Forget Linux, there no apps that make it worthwhile. Install AROS as your second OS.
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Default Re: dual boot windows 7 / linux

Ubuntu is your best best bet. I have it installed on my laptop and it dual boots just fine with Windows 7 using GRUB. First I installed Windows making sure to leave space on my hard drive for Linux. Then I booted using an Ubuntu live CD and installed Linux from it onto the unused space on my hard drive.

Just use Google to find a variety of tutorials on how to set your system up to dual boot.
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Default Re: dual boot windows 7 / linux

The trick is to install Windows first, leave some space on your drive for Linux, and then install Linux. It's best if you install on a single drive (ie non-RAID) unless you know your RAID is supported in Linux.

I'd suggest Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu) or Ubuntu, although there are lots of other good distros out there now. Mint comes with a little more goodies by default and has some other niceties over a stock Ubuntu IMHO.

I think both Mint and Ubuntu's installers will automatically pick up your Windows install when you're installing Linux and create a boot menu entry to allow you to select which to boot.

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Default Re: dual boot windows 7 / linux

May I toss a question into this thread?

I'm looking at rebuilding my machine and would like to triple boot using Win 7, Ubuntu, and AROS.

I just picked up a WD 1TB SATA at Newegg for $55 so room shouldn't be a problem.

I know Win 7 should be installed first, but which should go next? Linux or AROS?

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