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I am running Ubuntu on Lenovo notebook and so far so good, but I have some problem with other made, HP is one of them. HP 'over use' the hard disk partitions, prevented me to install multi boot. And I learn that, due to BIOS change (microsoft), non ms windows OS is not possible to install on some new PC, but it is hard for me to check before purchase a new notebook, any idea about that ? how about Fujitse, it is Linux friendly ? what is the use of Fujitse's SSD ? some Lenovo has SSD for quick boot to Linux, and that does not affect mutli boot.
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders, total 312581808 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc2eb98e0
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 73400984 36700461 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 292941824 309317631 8187904 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 309325824 312578047 1626112 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4 73400985 292929209 109764112+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 73401048 73577699 88326 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 113916978 154079414 20081218+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 154079478 202290479 24105501 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 202290543 292929209 45319333+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 73577763 81931499 4176868+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/sda10 81931563 113916914 15992676 83 Linux
Partition table entries are not in disk order
HP gave me sda1-3, and sda1 extended up to sda2. I simply shrank sda1, and put in sda4, an extended partition. Everything else is in that. I had to resize swap which messed up the partition table, but otherwise it's ok.
I tried to install Ubuntu alongside Win7 on my HP tablet (sold, forgot model) but unsuccessful due to no spare partition to use, I have to remove a partition used by HP to do it, and Win7 still boot but with error message, I forgot what exactly I've done, it was a year ago and I traded the HP for the Thinkpad. I know I could do it but not as straight forward as with the Thinkpad, with the Thinkpad everytime I try a new distribution I only have to remove all *nix partition to make room, then I will be able to install dualboot without problem, so I decided to stick with Lenovo for now. I am not sure about the design on new models and the BIOS restriction, I am also interested in Fujitse Lifebook, but never have one before. Most important is, I want to be able to restore the notebook to it's original state any time with the build in recovery function when I needed to, so everything must be intact and at the right place after the dualboot installation, except the partitions are shrinked.