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Old 12-25-2011, 01:40 PM   #1
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Question Dual-Booting on DELL x86-64bit running XP w/ SP3

I feel this is more appropriate to this forum than 'distribution'.
I simply want to have the best experience possible w/ setting up a dual-boot situation w/ XP & Linux. The question is "Which linux pkg shd I use for the dual-boot'? I'm new, so I'm not hungup on any Linux preference. I just want a DRAMA-less installation. I did search for past experiences, but didn't find any specific to my request.

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Old 12-25-2011, 02:38 PM   #2
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Hello bayprince,

I just want a DRAMA-less installation.
If you want DRAMA-less installation, use Ubuntu which is easy to install and easy to use...
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:31 PM   #3
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with the old XP you have a choice
now i found that life was WAY easier - less problems CAUSED BY MICROSOFT
When i let MS have the MBR
the xp " boot.ini " can boot a copy of the linux "/boot" partition
This is the " using "dd" method"
this is a bit OLD - very old
Linux OS's have full NTFS read/write so there is no need to mess with fat32
( most of the "how-to's" for dual booting using dd have you put the 512 bit image on a 3.5 in floppy )

now as to WHAT version of "Linux" ????
Linux is ONLY the hardware interface kernel ( the Linux kernel )
the rest is the Operating system

For a NEW user " linux Mint" is a good choice
OpenSUSE 12.1 might ,BUT NOT on a old computer with XP
suse NEEDS a high end 64 bit computer 8+ gig ram .

or let grub boot both,2817,2319615,00.asp
but XP can try to "fix" a perfectly good and WORKING grub install and replace it with the MS bootloader
killing the linux boot option

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Old 12-25-2011, 09:59 PM   #4
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Default answer for a hassle free Linux for new users was Ubuntu, and still may well be, but there are signs that people might be leaving due to major interface changes. As far as I can tell Linux Mint just works and seems pretty logically set up to me.

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Ubuntu is easy to install as with wubi we can install ubuntu as a software.
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Old 12-26-2011, 12:26 PM   #6
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Thumbs up Ubuntu wins

Thanks for the replies; I will make a go of it w/ Ubuntu. Hopefully I'll be able to get a USB Wireless Adapter to work w/ it.


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