Linked by Howard Fosdick on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 22:25 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes In this series of OS News articles, I've described how to refurbish mature computers. One useful technique is to run multiple operating systems on a single computer. This retains the benefits of the existing Windows install and couples it with the advantages of open source software. This article explores different techniques to run multiple operating systems on one computer and discusses their benefits and shortcomings.
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Comment by darai
by Darai on Thu 3rd Feb 2011 22:38 UTC
Darai
Member since:
2009-09-09

This has been one thing I've been doing for years. To me, it's always a good idea to have at least two OSes on machine, because you never know what might happen to cause an OS to go awry.

Also, good article, it was a very nice read. ;)

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RE: Comment by darai
by Laurence on Fri 4th Feb 2011 00:51 in reply to "Comment by darai"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

This has been one thing I've been doing for years. To me, it's always a good idea to have at least two OSes on machine, because you never know what might happen to cause an OS to go awry.

I think that's a bit of a wasteful reason to dual boot as live CDs and bootable USB keys have been around for years.

Personally though, I dual boot my main laptop:
* Win7 for audio producing
* ArchLinux for everything else

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RE[2]: Comment by darai
by jabbotts on Fri 4th Feb 2011 19:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by darai"
jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

Similar hear

Desktop; 95% booted into Debian, haven't been gaming as much and nothing else Win needs that kind of direct hardware access for my needs.
- hostos Debian
- guestos WinXP Workstation
- guestos Debian Server
- guestos [various pentargets]
- guestos [various OS of interest]
- guestos [skeleton VM for booting liveCD]
- hostos WinXP
- guestos Debian

Notebook; 95% booted into Debian with Win7 for testing and exploration. Any real Win based work gets done in the winXP vm (running Outlook and connecting to the corp VPN).
- Win7 enc
- Debian enc
- WinXP enc
- Debian server development builds

Palmtop; 99% booted into Maemo4 tweaked with a factory fresh bootable partition and my older Maemo3 prior to upgrading the OS. Haven't played with Debian, ubuntu or other alternative OS on it yet.

- Maemo4 clean
- Maemo3 built out
- maemo4 built out

Actually, the one thing attractive about Apple hardware is the ability to legitimately run osX; my notebook would instantly become a triple boot; maybe even add a Backtrack bootable partition as number four.

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