Quote: Originally Posted by torrentg
Don't forget that *nix uses more than one partition. It's been a real long time since I installed and used any version, but I think by default it uses one each for boot, system and paging. So you may want to consider that.
I don't think it uses that many partitions. My Ubuntu install only has two partitions, the main partition and a swap partition. I don't think the swap partition is necessary.
As to the original poster, why don't you want to use grub? I think using grub would be as easy as installing Ubuntu, and going into gparted and removing the "boot" flag from the Windows 7 partition. If you leave the Windows 7 partition with the "boot" flag, it will over right the MBR every time you boot, meaning you won't ever see grub.
Those two simple steps would leave you with a dual booted machine, not sure why you don't want that.
I had a little more trouble yesterday as I was installing Windows 7 on a machine with Ubuntu and XP already on it, but I only had to mess with grub a little bit to get everything working back to normal, none of which was grub's issue.