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Windows 7: Best Linux Distro to dual boot

14 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Best Linux Distro to dual boot

So, I was wondering what Linux Distro works the best alongside Windows 7?
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14 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

I would suggest that for trial purposes you look at Ubuntu which may be run as a virtual windows program using the WUBI system.

I actually keep a copy on a bootable USB stick for recovery purposes so options are available, It is also one of the most "Windows Like" distros though others are available
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14 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah I currently am running Ubuntu, and I want to install Windows Ultimate x64. However Ubuntu has been giving me so many problems I would like to try something else. Also, it does not matter if it is similar to Windows. I would actually prefer something a bit different. Suggestions?
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14 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I personally use Ubuntu 11.04 its my favorite, runs fast, never has any problems and I like the new Unity desktop enviroment, but if u want something different a good alternative is Linux Mint which is based on Ubuntu. It has Gnome 2.3 as the default desktop enviroment instead of Unity which is why many people went to Linux Mint.
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14 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ubuntu is usually best for those new to Linux. It seems to work well, with most hardware. Lots of people like Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, but contains most of the multimedia pieces that Ubuntu takes out.
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14 Aug 2011   #6

windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 

Barman58, do you have any experience with Ubuntu and wireless adapters?
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14 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chilidawg View Post
Barman58, do you have any experience with Ubuntu and wireless adapters?
Wireless used to be, [c.2009], a real problem with the user having to go through all sorts of hoops with propriety drivers to get things to work.

maybe I've been lucky with the recent distros, but the current versions have found my local wireless links without any input from me (11.04 desktop).

As I do not actually use Linux in a regular production environment I am perhaps not the best to give advice on this but personal experience has definitely improved. I will say that I've always found that if you do have issues with hardware on Linux that the information is out there on the net starting with the forums of the actual distros involved
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14 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chilidawg View Post
Barman58, do you have any experience with Ubuntu and wireless adapters?
Depending upon the model and the chipset, wireless under Linux can be a gigantic pain in the butt. Some mfg's simply don't make drivers available.
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14 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Hello there. I think that this site should help you to choose the best distro for you.
Choosing the Best Linux Distro for You | Linux Articles - Linux Ubuntu
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14 Aug 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well I am think I got it narrowed down to Fedora, Gentoo, or Slackware. What do you guys think?
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