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So this has been in the back of my head for a while, I just haven't had the time to put it all "on paper" yet. My idea is to make a comprehensive dual booting guide for win/win win/linux and eventually some mac in there as well.

I'm hoping to recruit a few people to help me pull this all together, let me know if you are interested and I will start putting together a rough draft in a day or two.

Dual Booting -

Dual booting means running two full operating systems off of the same computer (usually one HDD). This is beneficial for many reasons, one might prefer the stability of one OS, but also enjoy the gaming experience of another OS. This guide will explain the benefits and risks of dual booting.

Benefits -

The benefits of dual booting can vary from person to person, but can be essentially anything. From developers that want to test/build code for multiple operating systems to people that just want to try something new.

Risks -

If you aren't careful when installing the second OS you can overwrite your primary OS and lose all your data causing you to have to reinstall both OS. But with mine (and OCNs) help that won't happen. **Not a guarantee, do this at your own risk**

Alternatives -

Many people are worried about losing their current data when dual booting, and if not done right it is a possibility. So for those that aren't ready to make that jump and only want to dabble with more than one OS at a time there are other ways. Such as virtualization and emulation. Virtualization lets you run a full OS within your current OS. There are many programs that support this for Windows and Linux. One of the downsides of virtualization is that you take a performance hit on the host and guest OS. The second option, emulation, can be done using Wine in Linux or Cygwin in Windows. This option allows you to run programs from a non-native OS. This can be very useful as it does not cause a decrease in performance, however you will find that it is not 100% compatible.

More updates coming...
Edited by stanrc - 12/18/08 at 10:31am
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