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Old 05-21-2010, 02:02 PM   #1
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Replacing Red Hat with SUSE or Ubuntu on dual boot machine

Dear Users,

I have a PC with dual boot partitions running Windows XP 64 SP2 and Red Hat Enterprise LINUX WS 4.0 on the other partition.

I am thinking for doing a replacement of the Red Hat OS, leaving the Windows partition untouched and maintaining the dual boot capability.

Are there any tips on how to do this?

Also which is preferably? Suse or Ubuntu?

Thanks for your help.


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Old 05-21-2010, 02:40 PM   #2
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Hi and Welcome to LQ!

What do you want to do in Linux? Do you simply want a comfortable User interface or do you want to tinker?

Ubuntu and Suse are very similar right now, both very easy to set up and will give you a nice menu for dual-booting with Windows. I suggest you read up on their pros/cons and Install the one you think is better. Or try them both. There is no cookie-cutter answer. You must find what works for YOU.
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I think you should try a few live cd's to get an idea of what you may end up with. Might even try a few live usb installs.

Neither suse(opensuse) or Ubuntu would be close to what you may know. Fedora or Centos or Scientific would be closer.

Not sure that I'd exactly say that suse and ubuntu are close. They are quite different in terms of how one does tasks an uses and installs applications. May be close in user feel??

Your basic task is to protect your win install first. Do an image or ntbackup with system state before you begin. Then be sure you understand how partitions are named and that your bootloader may (will) be changed.
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Since you was using Red Hat, I also would suggest trying Fedora and/or Mandriva linux. All three of these distros use the RPM package management system. Both of these have livecds to try before installing.


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