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So, after hearing all the stuff flying about regarding Linux, I've decided to really give it a shot.

I already understand that Ubuntu [or however it's spelled] is the best distro for a complete linux n00b like myself [if not, then tell me a good one. I have ZERO linux experience]

I definitely want to set up a dual boot with my current Vista install, but my question is how to go about setting up the separate partitions.

The install will be on my sig rig, so it has a 750 GB hard drive. Space shouldnt be a problem. I just have no experience with partitions. Any help would be nice.

Here is my idea:

Have 3 total partitions; one for the Windows OS, one for Linux, and the other for all my other files. If I cant organize it that way, then I'll be able to settle with 1/2 windblows and 1/2 linux, both with their separate files.

Thanks for the help in advance,

-Bluescreen of Death
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you'll need at least four partitions then, 1 for windows / 1 for linux / 1 for files / 1 for linux swap



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sounds like a plan. but, like I said, I have no experience setting any of this up, so... yeah xD
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I definitely want to set up a dual boot with my current Vista install, but my question is how to go about setting up the separate partitions.
The Ubuntu install will guide you through setting up your partitions exactly how you want it. There is a slider you can drag to determine how much space you want to give Windows vs. Linux. Very easy to use.

However, you don't even have to install Linux to try it! You can boot it right from the CD if you want to try it out first.
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sounds like a plan. but, like I said, I have no experience setting any of this up, so... yeah xD


sorry, jumped ahead of myself there and forgot to post anything else.


you'll need a partition editor, luckily Ubuntu's live disc comes with gparted - a very highly viewed disk editing program. start off just buy downloading and burning the Ubuntu ISO. then you'll need to resize your vista partition to your preference. next, divide the free space into the desired sizes and types (you'll want the linux one to be Ext3, the swap 2gb to be SWAP, and im not sure about the 3rd for files...

anywho, then just run ubuntus installer and make sure you select the linux partition and away she goes.


its fairly straight forward once you get into it. dont make any quick decisions though, just download and burn the ISO first, and im sure more help will be along shortly, i just have to be getting to bed soon since i work early tomorrow.


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The Ubuntu install will guide you through setting up your partitions exactly how you want it. There is a slider you can drag to determine how much space you want to give Windows vs. Linux. Very easy to use.

However, you don't even have to install Linux to try it! You can boot it right from the CD if you want to try it out first.
well, I really want to give it a go, not like somebody who sticks their toe in a pool to test the water and shies away. I wanna dive in, but still keep windows for my games.

I'll look into downloading an Ubuntu package then.
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And here's a question that just popped into my head:

should I be looking for a 64 bit distro? or are they all x64?
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And here's a question that just popped into my head:

should I be looking for a 64 bit distro? or are they all x64?
Yes. http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

At the bottom of the page, choose 64-bit.
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Y would u want to use linux or ubuntu. Just out of curiosity. I don't see an immediate need to "dive in" unless u kno something i dont.
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Y would u want to use linux or ubuntu. Just out of curiosity. I don't see an immediate need to "dive in" unless u kno something i dont.
you ask why. I ask: Why not?

I want to give it a shot, cause if I plan to do anything with computers after I graduate from college, I cant see Linux experience hurting me. Plus, it might be a refreshing change from Windblows.
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