Just an intro.
tony at baechler.net
Sun Mar 24 09:50:02 UTC 2013
First, you'll need an empty partition for Linux. I'm familiar with Debian,
but any of them should work. My dad preferred Ubuntu and had no problems.
The installer should install a boot loader, GRUB which lets you access both
Windows and Linux. I don't use GRUB on my primary MBR due to my own choice,
but with UEFI, you probably won't have an option. As I said, I prefer dual
boot because I can switch back and forth as needed. What I have here is as
sda1: Windows XP
sda2: 10 GB scratch partition
sda6: large NTFS partition
I have a second drive with a FAT32 partition, so I can easily exchange files
between both operating systems. I've learned from experience that it makes
it much, much easier to have a universal FAT32 or NTFS partition which can
be read by both. With the ntfs-3g package, NTFS support is very good now
and I use it somehwat often. If you have a big drive, FAT32 is very slow
and not a good choice.
For a virtual machine, there are several. If you want a free option, look
at VirtualBox, or virtualbox-ose on Debian. If you don't care if it's free
as in open source, VMWare is fine. KVM and Qemu work great on Linux, but
not in Windows. KVM only works with the Linux kernel and requires hardware
virtualization. Qemu runs in Windows but is very slow. KVM and Qemu are
basically the same except that KVM is part of the kernel and requires
hardware virtualization while Qemu is more portable and should run on almost
any Unix. Alternatively, Vinux has a prepackaged download with VMWare
Player and a live CD image which you can run and that might be easier for
getting up and running right away. I haven't used it, but I looked at it.
I realize that much of this information is probably brief and unclear, so
feel free to write off-list. I do offer a $99 per year support package
specializing in Linux and Debian, so that might be a good option for you.
You can sign up by the quarter as well. Let me know if you're interested.
Feel free to ask for clarification if something doesn't make sense.
On 3/23/2013 12:56 PM, Dan Rossi wrote:
> So, what are my real options for putting Windows and Linux on one box? I've
> already got Windows on the box. What software would I install to then run
> Linux in a virtual environment? What software would I use to partition the
> existing disk and then set up for dual boot? Remembering that I am starting
> with a system with Windows already on it.
Have a good day,
tony at baechler.net
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