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    Which Linux for Dual-Boot

    I'm looking to dual-boot my battlestation. Win7 / *nix flavor to learn the environment myself. What distro do you think would be easiest for me to learn on? I'm not crying for a gui, but something I can get help on and learn my way around linux environments on.


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    Ubuntu is great to run a laptop, but it'll teach you the Debian way of doing things, if you want to learn the CentOS red hat way, try Fedora. Unless you're masochist you want to run a GUI on your laptop (but not your server). Linux makes a great primary operating system with a GUI, try gnome or KDE. Gnome is more stable, but KDE is prettier. Gnome installs by default with both Fedora and Ubuntu desktop editions.

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    You'd find the most help with Ubuntu since it's the most common.

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    That's true, but if you're installing Linux to get familiar with it for a server, you want to use the desktop disto most closely related to the server distro you're going to use. If you get familiar with Ubuntu to proper to administrate a red hat server, you'll much more adjusting to do than if you use Fedora. I prefer Ubuntu on my Desktop and Debian on my servers.

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    SUSE has the most physical book resources in English, due to, Linux certifications in the United States.
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    I have Ubuntu as dual boot. It manages everything on install: create the boot stuff, use same file system.

    I'd switch to Linux completely but Exchange+Outlook is holding me back: mail, calendar, tasks, contacts and everything synced with the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Andreias View Post
    I have Ubuntu as dual boot. It manages everything on install: create the boot stuff, use same file system.
    Me too. I use Linux almost exclusively on my laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by GamerFu View Post
    SUSE has the most physical book resources in English, due to, Linux certifications in the United States.
    I thought that was red hat?

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    linux mint

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    Open Suse. Hands down.
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    I setup a laptop to dual boot with XP & Ubuntu and have been really happy with it. In my experience Ubuntu is the easiest distro to pickup, just because there is a lot more guides and tutorials written for Ubuntu with beginners in mind than the other LInux flavors.

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    Debian / ubuntu. The former is my preference, wife & parents use it as well
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    I suggest Windows 7 with Linux Ubuntu 11.04

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    Ubuntu would be one of the popular distro for personal use.

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    I have been using ubuntu based distros on my sons netbook and he prefers it over Windows7. I just install PeppermintOS lastnight on it and he loves it. And runs very nice.

    Good Luck

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    fedora is really good even when they don't have LTS though

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    any popular linux today does very good dual booting .. however my fav is Ubuntu weather with lilo or grub dual booting is very good.

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