potential newbie with questions (please be gentle)

Pete Vander Giessen petevg at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 23:37:34 UTC 2010

On 07/13/2010 04:08 PM, Jerry Bolt wrote:
> Hello,
> I am interested in learning more about the Linux/Ubuntu operating 
> system.  I like what I have read and studied up to this point but 
> before I take the plunge I have a couple questions.
> 1. I have read you can install a Linux OS and still keep the existing 
> Windows OS, in my case I have Windows XP.  Please explain how this is 
> done?  I think I understand but want to be sure.
> 2.  If, for some reason, a Linux OS is not to my liking can and how do 
> I uninstall it?

Hi JB,

Jordan's suggestions are good ones.  Another way to install Windows and 
Linux side by side is to use Wubi:  http://wubi-installer.org/

Disk performance is going to be slightly degraded in Wubi, but it's a 
good way to try out Linux without taking the plunge of partitioning your 
hard drive.

You can also install Virtualbox (virtualbox.org), and install Linux in a 
virtual machine, but that's more technically complex, and has the worst 
performance of your available options; I'd go with Wubi, or with the 
Ubuntu installer instead.

~ Pete

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