"For most users, Linux/Windows coexistence isn't an option, it's
a necessity. You may prefer using Linux most of the time, and have
found many substitutes for Windows programs that not only work well
but are free, but there are still times when you may need to run
"The most common approach to this dilemma is the classic
dual-boot Linux/Windows setup via LILO or another boot manager.
When you need Windows, you boot into Windows--otherwise you stay
booted in Linux, or vice-versa. This is workable if you don't have
to switch too often, but if you have a frequent need for both
operating systems, it quickly becomes a pain in the, er, boot
"There are two fundamental approaches to simultaneous
coexistence: combining Linux/Windows functionality on a single
computer, or running them on separate machines. The approach you
take depends on what resources you have available, and how much
you're willing to spend."