Dual Boot- Windows XP Pro/Linux Red Hat

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#1

I have two hard drives in my computer and I want to set up a dual boot, one windows xp pro and the other linux red hat. How can i do this? Thanks. :stuck_out_tongue:


#2

Install the Windows XP first on one hard drive. Then install the Linux. Linux has a couple of boot loaders (at least the older versions do - not sure about Fedora). I used the GRUB boot loader. It sets up the opening boot screen with the two OS’s for you. It’s pretty easy.


#3

realize, though, that getting access to files from linux to windows is easy, while from windows to linux is damn near impossible. i often make a third partition and use it to manage files that i need/use on both operating systems.


#4

Thanks, but now where do I get GRUB and which version of red hat is better 8 or 9. (I have both and am undecided on which to install.) :confused:


#5

I don’t know if 8 is better than 9 - probably not though, since Linux just keeps evolving. I went from 7 to 9 and skipped 8 all together. GRUB is part of the Linux distro. When you install Red Hat, eventually the option will come up about whether you want to install as a dual boot. When you choose yes, you can choose GRUB to set it all up in the MBR. It’s pretty straight-forward - a lot easier to set up than you would think.


#6

THANKS for all your help, I will probably set up my dual boot this weekend. :wink:


#7

I know it’s a little offtopic, but may I ask you why you choose RedHat as distro?

Why I ask this? Often, people that have limited (or even no) knowledge of Linux say they want RedHat. Why? Because it’s Redhat! Why? Euh… Indeed, they don’t know why; RedHat is wellknown, so a choice is born.

Although this is a kind of personal matter, I wouldn’t want to advice RedHat for what most people want to use it for: common desktop applications. RedHat is fine for serious workstations, but somewhat spartan for standard desktops.

If my post surprises you a little… well just let us know, so we can help you choose the best distro just for you :slight_smile:


#8

i chose redhat because it had the best, easiest to navigate help network at the time. and because it was on the labs @ school.

i would put fedora on, as the older versions will not be as much fun to find things for.