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Should I do dual boot?

Discussion in 'Laptops / Netbooks' started by ReMiXeDg, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. ReMiXeDg

    ReMiXeDg Guest

    Hi all I don't see for a reason to install a Linux distro on my new laptop but still would like too. Why could it be a reason for me to install a Linux distro on my laptop and dual boot? I already have windows 7 ultimate but I would like to use Linux too. Could you guys / gals tell me why I may want to do dual boot or even use a Linux distro as my main is? I have a lenovo g450, 4gb ram , pentuim duo core at 2.10ghz I could do this right?

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  2. Akendo

    Akendo Guest

    You can just install Ubuntu on your Laptop. I don't see any reason for not to use Linux.

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  3. Keeb

    Keeb Guest

    Yeah the automated dual boot feature in Ubuntu is pretty easy to use and works great. As for why to do it, for security (especially when web browsing) and it also lets you get more familiar with Linux.
  4. Jamsers

    Jamsers Guest

    If you have applications that can only run in Windows and need the best performance (a prime example would be games) it would be better to dual boot so that you can still use those applications as intended.

    However if all your applications run fine under Linux or if they all have good alternatives that run on Linux (GIMP for Photoshop, LibreOffice for Microsoft Office), and if your hardware works flawlessly with Linux, then there's no reason at all to dual boot with Windows. You can use Linux all the way if that's the case.

    Of course that is if you prefer Linux. If you prefer Windows and just want to experiment or try out Linux, or if you don't like the alternatives to your favorite applications like LibreOffice or GIMP and would rather use the proprietary choices, then a dual boot may be best for you.
  5. Rob

    Rob Guest

    Dual booting is a great first step in learning Linux.. soon you'll only have Linux and you'll RDP into a shared windows Vm somewhere for that one application you'd still need it for ;)
  6. pane-free

    pane-free Guest


    It looks to me like you have bought into the mainstream too much to be able to appreciate what Linux offers -- Win7, iPad, VPS -- so maybe it's not for you. i could be incorrect, but if should you go with a Linux distro, you would probably choose ubuntu, no? Power Users of the dominant OS always have the most problems with the Freedom offered in the realm of Linux.

    Yes, you may do a dual boot with the G450. How is another story. i've done it on a G560 after first installing a 500GB Seagate 7200rpm hdd. Then eliminated Win7 due to viri and FUD.

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  7. Victor Leigh

    Victor Leigh Guest

    You don't have to install Linux on your hard drive to learn how to use it. Just run it from a pendrive. That way the chances of doing something irrevocable to your hard drive is between zero and zilch.
  8. mrnothersan

    mrnothersan Guest

    I believe you can dual boot by using Wubi, but I'm not 100% sure. Do a bit of research first and you'll be fine! :)
  9. kreso93

    kreso93 Guest

    Yes you can do it. But I suggest you to go to Linux website, and order Ubuntu CD (it's free) to your home address. Then you don't have to install anything, just place the CD in the tray and run it from there. Then if you like it, install it and dual boot. That's my advice.
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  10. ScottCFR

    ScottCFR Guest

    You should absolutely dual boot. It's a great way to learn about installing operating systems, on top of that you'll get a decent knowledge of Linux.
  11. kreso93

    kreso93 Guest

    Yeah, I forgot to mention this at my post above.
  12. Before setting up a dual boot with Linux I suggest getting a distro that you can run from a bootable flash drive or CD-ROM. Check out PenDriveLinux.com for pretty much everything you'll need or want to know about running a Linux distro from a flash drive. Many Linux ISOs also support running Linux right from the CD without installing it to your hard drive. I'd suggest Knoppix, but check out this huge list of bootable Linux images for other options.
  13. wjack2010

    wjack2010 Guest

    The reason why is totally up to you, it depends on what you might want to use Linux for e.g running a server from your netbook/laptop or for just using it as an alternative to Windows, for the faster running speed. Ultimately it depends on the use you need it for.
  14. DaReaper

    DaReaper Guest

    Well Windows and Linux are two different platforms, Linux is quiet different once you get to know it fully. So once you get a hang of Linux you'll really start to get a taste of it, you'll love it.

    I'd suggest you to dual boot for best performance instead of using a Virtual Box to install Linux.
  15. pane-free

    pane-free Guest

  16. Smokey

    Smokey Guest

    I recommend installing a version of Ubuntu such as Ubuntu or Xubuntu for dual-booting. I would recommend going this route using Wubi, the windows based Ubuntu dual-boot installer. It does all the hard work for you and is easy to remove if you decide Linux isn't for you without affecting your current setup. :)
  17. If you are still not so sure about using Linux permanently then dual boot is your best option. By doing this, you get to keep your old OS which is windows7 and it will also be your default OS unless you switch it to Linus after you have installed it. While you are not sure, you can dual boot and explore linux for a while and then you can decide whether to use it permanently or switch you default OS back to windows7. :)
  18. scotty

    scotty Guest

    I love my dual boot, it has saved my ass so many times! I have to use windows for work, and so I need it on my machine. But I use linux at home. Hence a dual boot seemed like the perfect option. Multiple times I have turned on my windows to the infamous BSOD, and paniked. But thanks to my Linux partition, I can always just hop into that, copy all my data, and reinstall windows...no damage done!
  19. Renzaku

    Renzaku Guest

    I don't see why you should not. You really have nothing to lose. You can always just remove the partition or dual boot if you feel that you don't need it/use it. I highly doubt you will do that though, since Linux is awesome (I love being able to have multiple screens =P)! I'd recommend using Ubuntu though. It's easy to dual boot Windows 7 with it, you really just have to follow the installation guide/path (it comes with Grub for your boot loader).
  20. CityGirlLuv

    CityGirlLuv Guest

    I just made a thread about this, but glad I stumbled upon this. I have read before that it's best to dual boot instead of using a virtual box so that's what's making me want to 100% go with dual boot if I decide in going with Linux. Although I'm on my Windows 7 PC, I wonder if you can dual boot on a Windows XP PC also.

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