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damiri
12.01.2009, 19:56
Hi ,

I would like to install Linux to my laptop and am wondering which is the best distribution I can use and is there any easy to follow guide to use so I'll get it up and running with a dual boot with Microsoft Windows Vista ?

Please help as this is really important to me !

Appreciate your help in advance .

Thanks,
Bill.

Markus77
19.01.2009, 13:45
Hi

To be honest I didnít install the Linux on my notebook with Vista and XP.
Sometimes I use the Live Linux distribution called Koppix and Iím satisfied!

The devices have been recognized and most drivers were includedÖ.

Maybe itís a option for you tooÖ

But Ubuntu could also be interesting for you.

Check this:
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Raver
19.01.2009, 15:02
Ubuntu is a small distribution and may people use it because itís fast and small. As far as I know all 6 month a new distribution will be released so can always have a system that is up to date.

The only distribution Iíve tested is Suse Linux. Itís also user friendly but not fast and small as Ubuntu but you will get a lot of programs with this distribution.

By the way, here you can find a good comparison between the versions:
http://distrowatch.com/index.php?language=EN

blarzi
16.02.2009, 15:07
Hi Damiri,

I recently installed Ubuntu 8.10 on my satellite A300-1Q4, it works really fine.
If you are new to linux, I suggest you to install Ubuntu since it's well supported on forums, fast and small, and a new version is released every 6 months.
Here is the installation procedure for a dual-boot system that I used, please note that I can not guarantee it will work for you too, since you have a different model.

My notebook came with Vista pre-installed on partition C:, a recovery image on partition D: (Data) and a small 1.5Gb partition containing system files.

This is the first way to install Ubuntu, if you are enough expert with technical details (e.g. partitions):
1) create the recovery disks (2 DVD's) by using the Toshiba Recovery Burn Tool (this step is a MUST!). Also save all your important documents on an external disk/CD/DVD/USB key. This step is important since you will manage to recover your system and files if something goes wrong during the installation of linux and the systems becomes instable.

2) shrink the C: partition, see how on this link:
http://www.vistarewired.com/2007/02/16/how-to-resize-a-partition-in-windows-vista

3) delete the D: partition, as above on step 2) but this time you click on Delete Volume rather than Shrink Volume

4) restart the PC booting with Ubuntu Live CD, and start the Ubuntu installation

5) when installing Ubuntu, choose the Manual way to partition the disk space (I recommend you to read documentation on partitions). DO NOT touch/resize the NTFS partitions already present, just make your new partitions into the free space available! It is up to you how to partition the free space, but create at least the partition for Ubuntu (type ext3, mount point "/") of at least 10 Gb, and a swap partition equal to your RAM size (provided that you have at least 2Gb of RAM).

6) once installation is finished, just restart your pc and you will be asked to boot with ubuntu or vista

The second way is much easier since you have an installer that makes nearly everything, but Ubuntu will be less performant (not that much anyway, if your notebook has good performances):
1) Use the Wubi installer that allows you install Ubuntu as a Windows application, in a simple and safe way.
check on: http://wubi-installer.org/

Enjoy Ubuntu!
Giulio