Recently I got an attack to dual boot install Linux and windows on my lappy.
Actually when I bought the 500 GB hard disk(WD) I could easily take backups of my current data and do whatever I wanted to my current disk.
I went searchiyng for Linux bootable discs.and got lot of them
viz. Linux Mint,SuSe 10.3,SuSe Enterprise and others
The first one I tried was Mint.I booted it thru DVD and the way it turned out was an awesome piece of code.
Though I decided to give try to this one finally, i tried the other ones too, but they did not much appeal me in terms of speed and GUI both..
While doing all this stuff, Vista went dead.... The I had to restrore Vista too.
Installed SUSE KDE too.But it did not let properly do a dual boot..
There some problem with SUSE10.3 boot loader.
When I installed it,I could not load it from disc.It always threw an error saying that "Kernel is not loaded.It should be loaded first"
So I deleted it too..Then I went to my first choice, Mint , and what I am currently having on my lappy is a dual boot Vista + Mint.
GRUB loaded works cool here.automatically detected Windows Vista partition...
although I did take a risk by doing all this, I am happy with the performance I am getting with Linux Mint..
If any of you guys is having thoughts similar to me, please share here.
I afterwards found out in office about a site that gives a step-by-step process to dual boot vista,XP and linux on same system in all combinations
Another thing I would like to share is that Now I want to try some thing different.
I am thinking of partitioning my portable hard drive and install 1/2 linuxes there.
I am not sure whether this will work or not.
All I know is that unlike windows, you can install linux on a portable hard drive partition too.
Windows says it cant install itself on a portable hard drive which I had (a USB one).
What I actually want to try is whether I can port an OS to some other machine and actually boot there by obviously making some modifications in some or other config in the other system.(But I am not sure, not much time I get to do this after my office timings and other stuff)...
Its a debian based OS(And I dont much know what a debian based system is-might be kernel or shell)
I am able to have a very good aero experience wth Mint...
You dont always need a Windows for your work...