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    Dual boot

    I want to dual but opensolaris(nextenta) and WinXP pro. Um... how do i do this?

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    Depends on your hardware. For one harddrive, create two partitions. Install Windows first on one and then Solaris on the other. For two harddrives, install in the same order just put one on each drive.

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    I have 1 80gb who exactly do i partition because winXP is already on it

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    Then you'll have to do some defragmenting and clean up a good part of it before you can partition. Even then it might be a hassle. Partitioning is meant to be done before any OS is installed.

    Google the product "Partition Magic", as well.
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    If you have a ubuntu cd, then try inserting it and looking through the options. It smashed my windows partition and then made one for linux without any blips (I hadn't even defraged). No need for something expensive like partition magic

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    what is the difference between NetBSD and FreeBSD. I have NetBSD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCow257
    If you have a ubuntu cd, then try inserting it and looking through the options. It smashed my windows partition and then made one for linux without any blips (I hadn't even defraged). No need for something expensive like partition magic
    Last I looked, Partition Magic was only $20. I've used that tool in the past and it beats using a command-line tool. Not to mention last time I used the Linux partition shrink tool it ended up destroying my Windows partition.

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    I checked the site, Parition Magic $70 now. The Ubuntu one isn't really command line though, it has a nice point/click interface. Sorry to hear about your experience with it, hope you didn't lose much IP.

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    ubuntu, the worst.. I had to remove hda to install ubuntu, since the partitioning tool built into the installer would not ignore the linux partitions on hda

    ]Not to mention last time I used the Linux partition shrink tool it ended up destroying my Windows partition.
    and if you didn't backup the data, you really screwed yourself. no sympathy since it's pretty obvious that altering partitions could destroy data, so if you didn't backup the windows partition despite the three warnings to it's your own fault.
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    If the average user can put a CD in and boot the system and follow the prompts, he can install and use Linux. If he can't do that simple task, he doesn't need to be around technology.

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