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Old 05-14-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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Which 64bit Distribution

I'd like to give Linux on my desktop another try, but am stuck with choosing a distribution again.

I want a 64bit system as I have an Intel Q930 and 4gb ram (though I may increase this). I will be using things like VMWare (or VirtualBox), Cedega and accessing NTFS drives, and also VPN to my office.

But my main thing is I still need to use Vista for work, and setting up dual-booting on SATA harddrives with Vista is a nightmare. Do any of the distro's make this easier at all?

I'm not a total newbie and I can go and build a kernel myself (though never fully sure what modules to include).

Hell I'd even be happy with a decent site offering a review of the distributions, but too many come back with a google search and it's hard to know which are reliable reviews.
Old 05-14-2009, 10:30 AM   #2
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Hi -

Any distro you like will probably work.

Dual-booting Vista (even Vista with SATA hd's) shouldn't be a problem. For example, the PC I'm typing this on is dual-boot Vista/Simply Mepis (although admittedly, not SATA). The trick is to install Windows *first*; then install Linux (the one likelier to play nice with others) afterwards.

Any choice you make will probably be a good one. I can heartily recommend SimplyMepis, Ubuntu and OpenSuSE from first hand experience.

'Hope that helps .. PSM
Old 05-14-2009, 10:34 AM   #3
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I've heard good things about Ubuntu, does it come in a 64bit version though? As I want to use Hardware Virtualization and that usually requires 64bits


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