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Old 09-05-2006, 09:17 PM   #1
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Question Running Linux with XP

I recently got a new HP Notebook running Windows XP Media Center Edition. I'd like to make some distribution of Linux my default OS while keeping XP installed. Is there any way to create a Linux partition on my hard drive, install Linux, and make it my default OS without having to reformat the hard drive and reinstall all my files and software?
Old 09-05-2006, 09:20 PM   #2
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Use Ubuntu. You can reformat the largest contiguous area in memory for Linux (thus allowing WinXP and Linux to coexist, providing you use a proper bootloader).

Make sure you try a LiveCD first if this is your first time using Linux.
Old 09-06-2006, 01:29 AM   #3
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Almost any modern distribution would do. Make sure you know how to burn an iso before going. Burn a knoppix CD if you want to test linux first, which you should. Modern distributions like SuSE, RH and Ubuntu should all have the HP laptop support built into the kernel. I recommend suse, but only because it automatically will resize your harddrives and such if required, but it also installs into blank space. But all distribs have there advantages... Hell, ubuntu probably has a better installer (But i am out of blank cds. Want to try it, but i cant until i find some cds..) Make a good choice. And hey, if you ever buy a new desktop, you could expeirence some cool eye candy with even more modern Oses(Beta suse and some versions of ubuntu now support Xgl, which is a 3D Xserver. I dont know of any other distribs that do this.)

Just make sure everything works. If youve ever installed windows before, you have had to deal with drivers etc. If something doesnt load in linux and your computer is properly configured, you probably need a hardware upgrade, because the linux kernel is quite good at hardware support. But then again, you probably already know this.


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