Originally Posted by Dodge1970
You can easily dual boot ubuntu along with Windows on the same or separate drive easily. Depending on version like either XP or Vista/7 the boot loader used will be decided on.
For XP with Linux that would be Grub, wubi, Lilo for the Linux boot loaders. Some time back ubuntu had a 3.5" boot floppy where you simply selected a partition and the OS on it would load right up!
There was no need to edit this or copy that over from ... there. WinGrub and SuperGrub are two cds seen now.
Vista isn't is all bad and resource hungry as it is made out to be if you simply follow a few performance tips and run a more upto date system. That's what catches everyone at first running the old 512mb-1gb 2003-4 deals while the 2007 OS is based around 2006-7 1-2gb systems with faster cpus and larger hard drives.
Stable yes! Far better then all the crashes typically seen in XP until finally seeing SP3 and some 1,000+ fixes in that. But so far 7 blows right past the two previous versions there! You won't need any 4-8gb dimmed up pc to run this one! XP, Vista see yaa...
I thought about dual booting xp and Ubuntu on the desktop when I build it but...I dunno...meh. I guess I'd just rather have a linux machine and a xp machine.
I'm not basing my resource hungry allegations on what I've read or something...I'm saying these things based on more than a little experience with both OS's and, from my experience, Vista KILLS the same computer that XP would thrive on. Does this make it bad? No...not at all...if I hadn't have gotten a new pc early on as you spoke of, that had 512mb and was running Vista, the whole thing would have made more sense to me.
No matter what, my XP equipped Compaq has 256mb ram (it might have the 512mb the Vista equipped Dell struggled with...I don't remember off hand) and it still slaughtered the newer, fancier, possibly more powerful (I don't remember) Dell like a 1 legged deer on the call of open season...all this after bypassing the "immenent hard drive failure" screen at boot...lol Sure made me think of Vista as quite a greedy OS.
But!...Vista is VERY stable in my experience...much more so than XP for sure. XP isn't bad but it sure tries to be sometimes...lol.
I have high hopes for Win7...it could afford to be more ram intensive now and, if it really makes better use of what it does use, it should be good stuff!