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Should I go dual boot with Ubuntu 11.10? Need some convincing!

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Hi guys, I'm close to downloading Ubuntu 11.10 and give the OS a go. I've heard so many good things. Thing is, I've got Windows 7 and all the applications I need......so why should I use more disk space + resources and get Ubuntu 11.10? I dont just want to get it and never use it.

Also, about acquiring it...is it a simple install on Windows 7 and then when I boot up the machine I get the option to boot either OS? Thats what I've been told by someone who has it anyway.

Thanks guys smile.gif
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Depends what you want to do. If you have everything you need in windows then why use linux? If your interested go for it. You could always use a virtualbox and try it out inside of windows and if you don't like it just uninstall virtualbox

Edit: To answer some of your questions, yea its easy to install. Tho its not really installed "inside" of windows it is its own os. You need to create a different partition if if you want to dual boot, tho like I said earlier you can install it "inside" windows using virtualbox. And yes if you install it on a different partition you will have the option on what OS you want to boot. It's a program (most likely GRUB) that does this for you.
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Do not use Wubi to install it inside of Windows. Horrid thing it is.

Install it on a seperate partition and try it out, if you don't like it, fix your mbr with Windows and delete the Ubuntu partition. No harm, no foul.
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Creating a virtual machine is the easiest and safest way to try out Linux. I wouldn't suggest dual booting until you are sure that you will like it.
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OH wow, I'm in the same position as dan, I look forward to hearing people's opinions! biggrin.gif
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a long time ago I algo tried it out, but It didn't work out, that PC died from another reason (mainly because it had a wasps nest inside it after a long summer... yea a f**ing WASP NEST)
I dual booted it (Ubuntu) with Win XP if I recall correctly. Didn't have any problems with it.

BUT. no one has actually answered one of the main questions or concerns: Convince us to turn to the dark side. c'mon! you must have a few features you can make us believe we can't live without!

EDIT: they stung pretty bad....
I'm also wanting to go back to Ubuntu...btw
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a long time ago I algo tried it out, but It didn't work out, that PC died from another reason (mainly because it had a wasps nest inside it after a long summer... yea a f**ing WASP NEST)
I dual booted it (Ubuntu) with Win XP if I recall correctly. Didn't have any problems with it.
BUT. no one has actually answered one of the main questions or concerns: Convince us to turn to the dark side. c'mon! you must have a few features you can make us believe we can't live without!
EDIT: they stung pretty bad....
I'm also wanting to go back to Ubuntu...btw

Because we don't need to turn this into yet another Linux vs Windows vs Mac thread. Decide for yourself if it's worth it.

Pretty much, freedom to do whatever you wish. Make it look however you want. Perform how you want. The only downside is gaming, some work, some don't, but that's what a simple dual boot is for if you must be a gamer.
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Because we don't need to turn this into yet another Linux vs Windows vs Mac thread. Decide for yourself if it's worth it.
Pretty much, freedom to do whatever you wish. Make it look however you want. Perform how you want. The only downside is gaming, some work, some don't, but that's what a simple dual boot is for if you must be a gamer.

woah, woah. take it easy, I had no intention of starting a flame war. sorry redface.gif

but, I understand your point smile.gif
which ones are you referring to by 'some'? just curious, again: not trying to start a war here smile.gif
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woah, woah. take it easy, I had no intention of starting a flame war. sorry redface.gif
but, I understand your point smile.gif
which ones are you referring to by 'some'? just curious, again: not trying to start a war here smile.gif

Don't know, not a gamer anymore so as to what has support and what doesn't and how well some work or not, can't help you. Check the Wine website for that.
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That virtualbox looks like the best way atm for me then. Here is the link to download it for anyone else wanting to try it out smile.gif.

Im just interested in the applications you can get for it. As they are mostly all open source and free (correct me if I'm wrong), it sounds great. I've been told there are some amazing programs for photo and video editing which I want to check out.
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