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Old 04-15-2012, 11:59 PM   #1
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Why dual (Linux/Windows) boot?

When I'm learning something I tend to be very methodical. Therefore in attempting my first linux install, I assumed it would be most prudent to install a (Linux/Windows) dual boot.

But I don't really know why. Other than being able to switch back and forth between two operating systems, is there an advantage to a Linux/Windows dual boot that one cannot gain from having Linux take over the computer.

(Reasons I wondered about include:
- Ability to take advantage of hardware capabilities that Linux might not be able to address (i.e., printer access; wireless card access
- Ability to take advantage of networking capabilities that Linux might not be able to address (since Windows does recognize the network)
- Ability to somehow share files between Linux/Windows programs.)
Old 04-16-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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It's amazing

Well for starters, if you have a dual boot computer, you are always better off.
As an example, say you have Windows 7 Professional and Ubuntu 11.04 dual boot and you start up your computer and boot into Windows 7 Pro and you end up getting a virus somehow.
You system goes haywire, if you don't know what you are doing anyways.
You can just boot up into your Ubuntu operating system and diagnose issues on your Windows 7 pro operating system.
Plus linux will make you gain a larger variety of computer skills, which other operating systems tend to make to easy for us lol like we are not lazy enough.
Also, linux based operating systems are open source, while operating systems such as Windows 7 are not.
Also, if you just take a tiny little look at Backtrack, it will make you want to become a linux user. (I do not recommend starting with Backtrack at all, start with a distro that will slowly build your knowledge base up such as Fedora or Ubuntu)
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I have currently four systems, all with Linux. Only on my main machine I have a Vista/Slackware dual-boot, for one single purpose: gaming. Many games run not very well or not at all with Wine, so I need a Windows installation for my games.
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I do not have a Windows partition, but i agree with Tobi, and if my ssd was bigger i'd consider it. There is only a few games i actually play on my computer, and most run perfectly well in a virtual machine. I rely on laptop computers, and if i desire maximum potential with these games, virtualbox does drain the battery faster than normal and i can see the advantage of having a partition for that reason. Other reasons that i can't relate to but am aware of. Web developers may desire to test there pages on Windows since it is the most used operating system.
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