Originally Posted by pony-tail
I am and have been for a very long time - seriously guilty - of being an habitual dual booter . Not on every machine but on most . I see no issue with dual booting , that was until "Secure boot showed it's ugly head .
But back to topic I would suggest as a starting point that the OP should download a variety of live CDs and just see what is out there and try out a few different Distros with a few different DEs and see what is out there that he likes .
Suggestions -- Mint -- Debian -- Bodhi -- Suse -- Varios 'buntu flavours -- and maybe even Mepis .
At some point I might look more closely at the examples of the major base forms of Linux and dabble in them but for now I've gone with FreeBSD. BSD and CentOS are the installs that have lived the longest on my *nix box till it's recent demise. I did BSD because it just kind of called to me (Don't life y'all) and CentOS was for the fact it behaves like RHEL and I was toying with the idea of RHEL certs at one point.
Originally Posted by Shrak
Of which I don't see a point. Too many of the same base. Why download various ubuntu's when if you really want to try a different DE, just install the different DE on the current install.
Why spent 10 minutes or more reinstalling a whole new distro, just to try a different DE which can be downloaded and installed in less time and less hassle?
That was sort of the logic I had when I decided on dual booting originally, though I can see the logic in making a few Live CD's with different DE/WM's to dabble into without having to commit to a full install.Current State
I took the plunge and I have a dual boot system, mostly. Primary disk is Win XP64 2nd physical disk is FreeBSD 9. I can choose which way I boot by bringing up the boot device selector during boot up and selecting the drive I want to boot form. I haven't gotten a boat loader on the primary (XP64) drive yet though I might at some point. As I might have mentioned in the OP that I haven't had a *nix GUI installed in some years as I've worked mostly via SSHing in via Putty and running around in CLI only. My next step is to getting X Windows up and running so I have some form of GUI to use. I'm noticing BSD doesn't seem to have an option for X as part of the initial install like it did at one time. This isn't a major setback or deterrent as between FreeBSD's site, google and many a desperate question or two on a few forums I can overcome most hurdles without too much hair loss
. While this might be the more complicated approach I'm thinking it might be the more rewarding in the long run is to try the suggestion of setting up just a WM and then adding in the additional elements I might find useful/desired eg. dock/launcher, panel, etc. I have a funny feeling my tablet is about to see a lot more usage in this process than it normally gets around the home office normally. Feel free to let me know if I'm about to leap off a cliff and face plant or something