Few questions before moving from Windows to Linux Ubuntu

Conor Schaefer conor.schaefer at gmail.com
Tue Feb 26 11:07:44 UTC 2008

1. Yes, the GRUB bootloader will allow you to do this. When you start up
or restart your computer, there will be a screen present for about 10
seconds that lets you pick which OS you want to boot.

2. Not while keeping Windows running... you will have to reboot your
computer, shutting down Windows and then booting up Linux. If you really
want simultaneous access, look into virtualization. It comes with
performance costs, though.

3. Ubuntu works fantastically out of the box. Depending on your
hardware's state of openness, you may have to futz with some things. For
instance, ATI cards will require a restricted (binary, closed source)
driver. If you have a wireless card that isn't based on the Broadcomm
chipset, you might have to mess with wireless.

4. Flash works in Linux, but not too much else by Adobe. Google has
launched a project to fund the porting of Photoshop to Linux for some
reason. In the meantime, I encourage you to explore alternatives.

Asif Kilwani wrote:
> I read the features of Linux Ubuntu and GUI is mind blowing, However
> before moving to that I want to ask few questions
> 1. Can Linux and Windows to be installed same time? Can I choose which
> OS to boot?
> 2. During Windows can i switch to Linux and vice versa
> 3. Will Linux automatically load the drivers of all installed hardware
> or I've to install separately?
> 4. Will giant software developers like Adobe softwares will work on Linux?
> Those are my major hesitations for moving to Linux.

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