Originally Posted by hdragun
I am new to linux and am looking for an alternative to windows that can be installed such that windows can still be used. I am looking at Ubuntu and Gnoppix 1.0.1. I have a liveCD of Gnoppix 1.0 could you please advise. It is for two different platforms, a hyperthreding pentium 4 and an AMD64.
Any Linux distibution can be set up to dual-boot with Windows. Start with any one of the free ones--Ubuntu, Fedora core 5, openSUSE, etc.
Install Windows on first partition of first drive (leave at least 6 GB available for Linux + a shared data partition, if possible.)
Install Linux and allow it to put the bootloader on the mbr of the first drive. It **should** detect the windows install and automatically setup the bootloader menu.
To be safe--especially if you do not have a Windows install disk**--put the bootloader on a floppy. You can always put it on the hard drive later.
**I would be very careful about doing **anything** to a computer with no Windows install CD. But I would also never buy such a computer....