Looking to dual-boot Linux w/ Windows. How should I do it?

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  1. blujay
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    blujay GBATemp's Official Warthog

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    After being stuck with windows my entire life, I wish to spread my wings and look at Linux as well. I kind of want to start simple with Ubuntu; however, I have no idea where to start and after seeing @VinsCool 's blog from last September, I am very nervous. This is on a laptop.

    Specs:
    • Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60 GHz
    • 8 GB Ram
    • Currently running Windows 10 Home
    • Not sure what else to put here :/
     
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    Download your distro and put it on a stick.
    Create a partition for linux.
    Install it
    Select "Install along something else"
    Done.
     
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    blujay GBATemp's Official Warthog

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    Well thanks then. I'll start that now.
     
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    This, its that simple.

    Ubunutu is a bet friendlier when it comes to uninstalling. As linux distros/ubuntu install a start up boot menu so you can choose your OS to boot at start. If you uninstall ubunutu it goes back to the default windows start up, I believe any other linux distro you have to repair the windows boot but don't quote me on that.
     
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    Linux mint works well.
     
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    +1 For mint

    Ubuntu is great, but mint is cleaner and more familiar.
     
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    I'll take a look at it later. I started downloading Ubuntu a while ago so not going to cancel it now.
     
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    Just to add another +1 for Linux Mint (Cinnamon)
     
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    blujay GBATemp's Official Warthog

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    Could I use a SD -> USB adapter instead?
     
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    Yes i used one too [​IMG]
     
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    Ubuntu will fix a lot for you when it comes to partitioning the harddrive. It will itself see that you got Windows and setup Grub (Grub is that you can choose Linux or Windows at boot) so it's just to install and go.
     
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    I would suggest first trying Linux in a VM.

    That way you can mess around with it without any modification to the host.

    My recommended distro is Linux Mint with cinnamon.
     
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    Installing Ubuntu to the USB now. @tech3475 I would do that, however I would rather just jump right in. I like to learn in a survival-esque situation.

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    Is there an easy way to switch to Linux Mint, or should I just download/install it now
     
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    Install it now.
     
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    Alright. Thanks for helping me out today.
     
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    Sending this from Linux Mint and it is very attractive. Really excited to fully installing it
     
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    I think I need a little bit of help here.

    I am not sure how I should move from here. There is no option to install along side windows, only to erase the whole disk, which is obviously a no go. What should I do? I can do "something else" and afaik, I need to make a swap area, a /home area, and a root
     
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    There is a option to install it along side windows in the Linux Mint installation.
     
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