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Thread: [Dual Boot] How get two linux operating systems on one laptop?

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    Question [Dual Boot] How get two linux operating systems on one laptop?

    So I have Ubuntu linux 10.4 on my laptop right now, but I would like to have another linux version aswell on this laptop, how can I do this?

    I imagine I have to use a dual boot to do this, but since I have never done anything like this before I am asking for your help.


    Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I just have no idea where I should have posted this

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    Re: [Dual Boot] How get two linux operating systems on one laptop?

    yep - dualboot or if you have sufficient specs try virtual machines.

    If you do want to dualboot then - BACKUP

    Not sure what you want to dualboot so not sure if it's got partition editor tools - I expect so.

    Basically I would resize the current install partition to allow enough space for whatever you want to install, then install to that partition.

    Generic advice - but as yet no real idea of what you have there to deal with

    Give us the output of

    sudo fdisk -l

    as a start.

    What do you hope ot dualboot with - or are you expecting to try more than one OS.

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    Re: [Dual Boot] How get two linux operating systems on one laptop?

    I put a screenshot of the output I'm getting when I do sudo fdisk -l under this post.

    Basically I would like to dual boot Backtrack Linux as second OS (or Linux Mint)

    I don't really think this laptop has enough power to run it on a virtual machine, so I think dual boot would be a better option
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    Re: [Dual Boot] How get two linux operating systems on one laptop?

    Boot with the livecd - go to the partition editor - right click sda1 - resize - apply.

    Create new partition in the unallocated space. Make not of name - possibly sda3

    Start the installer - when you reach the partition part - select your new partition - you'll need to edit/change it - you will wnt to set mountpoint to /

    If possible also set grub to the new partition if you want your ubuntu to control grub.

    Install.

    Backup anything you'd not want to lose - just in case something goes awry in the resizing operation.

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