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I am looking at setting up a dual boot on my computer.

First things first:

I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on a dynamic drive.

Second things second (that doesn't even make sense):

I am looking at taking the Linux+ test sometime in the near future and I figured having a Linux installation on my computer would certainly promote the cause and help me in my endeavors.

I am an incredible Linux noob as I've never used or even messed with it before. I've always been a Windows kinda guy (especially since 7). I was wondering what the difference between versions of Linux actually is? Like what could CompTIA Linux+ test you on that differs between Linux distributions?

I'm used to the A+ where it's all about one operating system and everything is basically the same. I'm just confused. Any advice on which distro to dual boot with? Can I install to a dynamic drive?
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I am looking at setting up a dual boot on my computer.

First things first:

I have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 installed on a dynamic drive.

Second things second (that doesn't even make sense):

I am looking at taking the Linux+ test sometime in the near future and I figured having a Linux installation on my computer would certainly promote the cause and help me in my endeavors.

>Just install virtualbox in your windows machine then from there you can
install any linux distros that you wnat.

I am an incredible Linux noob as I've never used or even messed with it before. I've always been a Windows kinda guy (especially since 7). I was wondering what the difference between versions of Linux actually is? Like what could CompTIA Linux+ test you on that differs between Linux distributions?

>Not sure how much difference linux has per distros, but as long as you know linux commands you will survive when you want to jump from let's say redhat to centos. Linux+ I think they are focusing on ubuntu or redhat.

I'm used to the A+ where it's all about one operating system and everything is basically the same. I'm just confused. Any advice on which distro to dual boot with? Can I install to a dynamic drive?
>For dual booting my personal choices are redhat,centos,fedora and
opensuse. But again you don't need to dual boot if you want to practice
just install virtualbox then install from there.



hth
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>For dual booting my personal choices are redhat,centos,fedora and
opensuse. But again you don't need to dual boot if you want to practice
just install virtualbox then install from there.



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I've heard of redhat and was looking into that because it seems to be the most widely supported for both consumer and businesses. What is virtualbox?
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Yes, Redhat and Centos are most widely used by customers. We do have
customers prefer redhat. But centos is a free version of redhat =)so if
you want to use redhat just use centos same kernel same package.
Virtualbox is kinda like VMWARE, i like it its free and easy to use you
can install windows, linux, freebsd or any other OS inside your Windows
main host system.


thanks for the rep =).
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>For dual booting my personal choices are redhat,centos,fedora and opensuse. But again you don't need to dual boot if you want to practice just install virtualbox then install from there.
I second this. For just starting out with Linux, get VirtualBox or another VM software (I use VMware) and try out several distros. It's fast and easy. Some popular distros for newbies are Ubuntu and Mint.

Once you find a distro that you like, it's fairly easy to install as a dual-boot with Windows. Many Linux distros have modern wizard-like installers that will detect Windows and setup the dual boot automatically with a grub menu.
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I like oracle virtual box. Its pretty nice for virtualizing and if you bonk the install its easy to delete it and start over.

as for the test its now LPI Linux+ Comptia and the Linux professional institute have basically joined the test which is a good thing. Also Linux+ is vender neutral unlike the red hat certification so it does not really matter what distro you start with. just as long as you learn about most of them. and by most of them i mean the main kinds like Debain and Redhat based linux distro's. You will see most flavors of linux are based on a core. Debain, Slackware, Red hat and a couple others.

if you can avoid using a modern wizard for an install and do a typical cli install then youll learn more and be better prepared most of your linux+/lpi level 1 is going to be about how to install and configure and use linux from a CLI (command line interface) think of a dos prompt.
    
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