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Linux Notes: Penguin Party, Windows Can Come, Too

Jul 19, 2006, 02:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Victor Muñoz)

"What follows is my experience. It relies heavily on how-tos by Bart Whiteley and Holly Bostick among others. Perhaps I'm a little past the newbie stage to attempt this, but not by much. This is why I felt a need to offer these notes both for myself and anyone else considering it. I don't say much about dual-booting Windows and Linux. That's fairly easy and there are many guides on the subject. What is less common and what I wanted was to have more than one Linux distribution or more than one version of the same distribution--e.g., Suse 9.3 and Suse 10.1 or Ubuntu 6.06 (64bit) and Ubuntu 6.06 (32bit), or all of these, or all of these plus Windows XP. Large hard drives make this practical. Furthermore, I wanted to have personal data accessible from at least all the Linux distros and maybe some of it also from the Windows OS. Although Windows would, for practical reasons, be installed first, I didn't want the order in which I installed Linux distros to matter, since I might be swapping these in and out often and unpredictably..."

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