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I'm not a nebie to Linux, as i have it installed on other machines.
This question is about partitioning a 80gb hard disk,
The 80gb is the total size of what i have to work with on this box and would like a duel boot system Linux & WindowsXP. The Linux is used everyday for internet/music/photo, the windows partition will be used for a few minutes once a month to update a satnav appliance (TomTom).
So the question is what percent of the disk should go to each desktop, how would you divide the 80gb?
Rather than dual booting, I would run Windows in a virtual machine. The only thing I would have to study would be whether the VM has access to the serial/USB port the TomTom uses.
Running it in a VM would mean you wouldn't have to set aside a partition for Windows, you wouldn't have to reboot the computer when you wanted to run Windows, and you could make a backup of Windows anytime you wanted by copying the couple VM files.
Otherwise, if you wanted/had to dual boot, and you didn't plan on doing anything else in Windows, 8GB should be more than enough hard-drive space.
I would also check out wine when you have your linux system setup. I recently went back to trying wine after a while and installing some of my old games were as simple as the windows install and after some through testing I haven't found a problem in performance. This would give you 10GB back but more importantly starting your program under linux is as easy as starting it under windows.
I'd have to agree w/ Slick666. I have a dual boot system as a backup for things that just won't work with wine or VMWare. I have VMWare for things that won't work for wine, and I have wine. I rarely have to boot my VM or reboot to Windows, and typically when I do the things that weren't working in wine aren't working in the other two either.