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Hey guys so I want to try ubuntu (unless other linux versions you would suggest checking out?) ... how do I go about doing so? The computer I am using is my sig comp and I have windows 8 running on it now. I have two partitions but made them when installing windows. How do I go about just making another partition for ubuntu? Also do I just install it from a usb drive? How much space do you recommend for the Usb drive and the partition?


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Hey guys so I want to try ubuntu (unless other linux versions you would suggest checking out?) ... how do I go about doing so? The computer I am using is my sig comp and I have windows 8 running on it now. I have two partitions but made them when installing windows. How do I go about just making another partition for ubuntu? Also do I just install it from a usb drive? How much space do you recommend for the Usb drive and the partition?


thanks

Hi, first of all you should be able to partition your disk inside the ubuntu installer. Second, I suggest you take a look at some screenshots for other *buntus (xubuntu, lubuntu, Linux Mint, etc.) before deciding on Ubuntu with the unity desktop. If the installer won't shrink your windows partition for you, then there's some gparted work we can do, but until then lets assume the installer works. It will ask you to install ubuntu/mint as the only OS and along side windows8. I think what that means in kind of evident.

as for install, if you have any spare CD's or DVD's you can burn the iso onto those, otherwise you going to want to use a tool like unetbootin or similar ones to make a bootable usb.
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