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Okay, I want to install a latest Linux OS on my PC to make it a dual boot.

I want to use it for Software Engineering/Computer Science and also do you guys know what is a good Software Engineering/Computer Science's program for Linux?

Also, how much does Linux OS will take place in the storage?
I mean, I don't know if I can install both Linux OS and Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit on my same SSD.

I own a Sandisk 64GB SSD that is meant for OS only, but I don't know if I can have a second OS without taking a huge storage. I have about 27 GB out of 58.6 GB.
     
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I like fedora 20 smile.gif, there should be space on your drive, but noty much left after install!
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If you have never tried Linux before i suggest running it in VMPlayer or VirtualBox first. Much less trouble than dual boot and if you don't like it then it's easily uninstalled.

For "What is a good Software Engineering/Computer Science's program?" we need some more details tongue.gif. If you just want to program then i suggest Eclipse.
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If you have never tried Linux before i suggest running it in VMPlayer or VirtualBox first. Much less trouble than dual boot and if you don't like it then it's easily uninstalled.

For "What is a good Software Engineering/Computer Science's program?" we need some more details tongue.gif. If you just want to program then i suggest Eclipse.

I have run Linux OS before on my old laptop.

What is VMPlayer or VirtualBox? How do you install those?

As for Software Engineer/Computer Science's Program. I don't know a specific one. All I want is to start programming to get build up my skillsl
     
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Hello and welcome to the Linux Community

Be sure to check out O'Reilly books (print and web) and videos but also if it's courses you want.....

Try THIS
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Originally Posted by Ulquiorra View Post

I like fedora 20 smile.gif, there should be space on your drive, but noty much left after install!
I'm not sure what kind of stuff you install, but there should be loads of space free on a 64GB SSD on even the "full fat" distros like Mint and Ubuntu.

Case in point: I'm only running a 64GB SSD on my laptop smile.gif
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What is VMPlayer or VirtualBox? How do you install those?
They're virtualisation solutions. Google them.
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As for Software Engineer/Computer Science's Program. I don't know a specific one. All I want is to start programming to get build up my skillsl
He's not after an example program, he's asking you for more details about what you want since your question was impossibly vague. Even now, you've not said what languages you're thinking of learning - which would have a direct impact on the IDE you use to develop in.

What modules are included in your CS course and are you only after software that relates to your course?
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I have run Linux OS before on my old laptop.

What is VMPlayer or VirtualBox? How do you install those?

As for Software Engineer/Computer Science's Program. I don't know a specific one. All I want is to start programming to get build up my skillsl

VMPlayer and VirtualBox let you run virtual machines.

So you can just run a different OS inside your current OS, like you would run a normal application. You can also easily copy paste and move files between your host OS and guest OS.
But as Plan9 said, i suggest googling more about virtualization since it's used a lot, in the IT world it was a similar hype 5-10 years ago comparable to the hype around cloud nowadays. And cloud also heavily uses virtualization so it's still a hot topic.
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I'm not sure what kind of stuff you install, but there should be loads of space free on a 64GB SSD on even the "full fat" distros like Mint and Ubuntu.

Sorry i meant next to a full fat windows build! (Should have been clearer sorry), as for tools eclipse is good, Geany is good for just typing away as well smile.gif
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Sorry i meant next to a full fat windows build! (Should have been clearer sorry)
It was my mistake mate. I missed the part where the OP said he was thinking of dual booting. redface.gif
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Originally Posted by Ryou-kun View Post

Okay, I want to install a latest Linux OS on my PC to make it a dual boot.

I want to use it for Software Engineering/Computer Science and also do you guys know what is a good Software Engineering/Computer Science's program for Linux?

Also, how much does Linux OS will take place in the storage?
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I own a Sandisk 64GB SSD that is meant for OS only, but I don't know if I can have a second OS without taking a huge storage. I have about 27 GB out of 58.6 GB.

DO NOT do dual boot.

Install the free Hyper-V that comes with Windows 8.1 Pro and use that to create a VM with Linux on it. That way, you can try any variant you want without hassle.

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