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« on: March 14, 2008, 09:05:37 AM »

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just got an awesome new laptop
and i want windows on there for
some of my p2p and warez appz
so i have to dual boot...

 aside
from windows not working on single
boot to everyones liking ,id like
to do it anyway..

any thoughts or experience on dual booting?

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« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2008, 09:07:55 AM »

Yeap, no problems. Partition the drive first, install Windows, then install [linux distro of choice] and use GRUB to dual boot.
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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2008, 09:51:37 AM »

desktop. use apt-get to get the LAMP package. You want the desktop install because the server one will probably not have the drivers your laptop needs.

Don't need to do commands in GRUB, the bootloader just gives you a choice of OS upon boot. Easiest is to just install Winbloze first, then install ubuntu (or whatever). Usually, I just install 2 drives, but that's not as easy with a laptop.
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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2008, 03:45:02 PM »

Use VirtualBox dude, it rocks, you can use your Windows apps pretty much as though they were on your linux desktop or switch between a full blown windows desktop and your linux desktop.

I have an FC7 install which is my main dev box at home. My two kids each have a virtual Windows machine set up on the box and they quite often muck around in windows WHILE I'm coding in Kdevelop.

Perk originally got me started by suggesting parallels then arms mentioned VirtualBox and I haven't looked back since. I can't really think of a reason why I would want a dual boot now :-)

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« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008, 06:04:10 PM »

Dual boot sucks jock straps.

Go virtual.  Install windoz as host os.  Install <however many> others as guests.

VMware is ok.  VirtalBox is clunky, but works.  Parallells, top notch.

 
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2008, 10:03:16 AM »

Gotta weigh in here as well... IMO regardless of the framework (VBox, Parallels etc) virtualization just rocks faces on a dual boot. For me, I have a windows XP that I "snapshotted" just after it was activated. When I need another instance for some reason or another, I just copy that file, start it up and go where I want to. You pay about a 10% penalty in speed for virtualizing, but the reality is that I don't see it when I'm working at all.

Only caveat: if you have a 1G in your machine, you ask for a 1G virtual, you're gonna suck pond water as you double-swap to disk... I'd make sure you have (memory requested) + .5G in addition to your normal memory usage to keep things snappy.
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