Originally Posted by AlanBigBird
I am looking at purchasing a Dell system with UBUNTU Linux on it and then putting Windows XP on it. I would put Vista but every thing I read says there is still too many issues to work out. I am a database administrator and want want experence using both systems.
I am looking for some suggestions?
The best way to do this?
Is the Dell UBUNTU a stable platform or should I look at another system?
An inquiring mind wants to know.
Thanks for any help.
First, the main thing to consider with installing a second operating system on a pre-install is going to be either complete reinstall or partition resizing.
Second, when I checked out some "Business" rather than "home" configurations a year or so ago, Dell offered an option to install the requested system to 25/50/75% of the drive as requested. I do not see this option with the Ubuntu offerings with a quick look.
Third, if you are going to use Windows at all are you really wanting to pass on the cheapest way to aquire Windows VIA OEM?
You don't say if your choice is laptop or desktop so there can be a huge difference in hard drive size available. If you wish to pass on Vista do you already have an XP version you can install? In this case you are purchasing a computer with hardware Linux support from the manufacturer. I haven't needed to follow this but you may want to see if there are issues upgrading to the newest version of Ubuntu. Depending on hard drive size you could be running both Vista and XP if you wanted to experience the transitions of the applications you use between the two. Assuming you have an XP license and would get an OEM Vista License.
On the resizing issue. Your post brings up an interesting issue to me. The paradigm has been adding to a Windows pre-install and many Linux distributions can handle this. Windows is not set up to resize Linux by default during install. You may want to have a copy of the gparted live CD