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PC Magazine: Dual Booting Getting Easier

Nov 11, 2000, 16:38 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil Randall)

"Linux is hot. Very hot. And you, like most PC owners, probably want to find out what all the fuss is about. Of course, you have no intention of getting rid of Windows just yet. Windows runs all your hardware, all your applications, and all your games. And the newest stuff comes out for Windows first, so naturally you want to keep it. That leaves you with two choices if you want to use Linux: You can either buy a second computer or dual-boot Linux with Windows."

"Not too many months ago, you might have been better off with the first choice, because dual booting took an enormous amount of effort. Happily, things are easier today, with recent releases of the various Linux distributions (Caldera, Corel, Mandrake, Red Hat, Suse, and so on) offering tools for doing everything from repartitioning your hard drive to finding the free space for installing Linux alongside Windows. If you want to try Linux, buy or download a recent distribution and set it up for dual booting so you can choose either operating system when you start your machine."

"If your machine has sufficient resources, the best way to add Linux (or another version of Windows, for that matter) may be by using a product called VMWare. ... Most of us, however, don't have the memory needed for VMWare. How then to set up a dual-booting system? For the most part, the Linux distribution will do it for you. As long as you have a partition on which to install Linux, the installation routine will take over from there."

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