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Old 08-19-2010, 12:51 AM   #1
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Ubuntu/Kubuntu dual boot


At present, I have GNU Sense on sda1 sharing a swap file on sda5 with Linx. Kubuntu install gives me the impression i can install it over GNU Sense and it also warns me it will reformat sda5. Can someone reassure me the outcome will be a dual boot with sda2 unchanged.

Thanks for your time.

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000b5a45

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        1275    10240000   83  Linux
/dev/sda2            1275       52954   415111930+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3           60291       60801     4096576    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           60292       60801     4096575   82  Linux swap / Solaris

Last edited by nnjond; 08-19-2010 at 02:57 AM.
Old 08-19-2010, 04:33 AM   #2
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It SHOULD work, just make sure you do mark the right partitions for reformat. KUbuntu install will leave partitions alone/unchanged if you do NOT tell it to do otherwise.
Of course nobody on this forum can make any guarantees.

Old 08-19-2010, 04:56 AM   #3
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You do realize that you can install the Kubuntu desktop from Synaptic, right? Then, when you log in, just select 'KDE' from the 'Sessions' menu that appears when you select your username.

To install KDE on any standard Ubuntu installation:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop
Old 08-19-2010, 06:12 AM   #4
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Thanks for your help; I had forgotten i could install KDE with Synaptic


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