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 PostPost subject: Dual booting        Posted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:55 pm 
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I was just wondering since there is a lot of dual boot combinations, what in your mind is the best combination as far as windows XP Server 2k3, , Longhorn builds, Vista the linux distro's go?

I know there is lots of combos out there but what does seem like the best combo, I was seriously thinking Longhorn 5112 and Ubuntu 7.10 but of course there is others.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:59 am 
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If I were to set up a dualboot machine now, I would probably have these partitions:
a) Windows XP Pro or MCE, SP2 .. since everything works on it
b) A beta of Longhorn or Vista, probably something like 5219 (as in, post beta 1 so it's reasonably stable and not too slow), because it's fun to play with. Or you could have a copy of Vista RTM if you've got it.
c) Your favourite Linux distro
d) a data partition - since you wouldn't want to store your documents three times. If you're running a newish copy of Linux then an NTFS partition should be okay since it handles NTFS relatively well now. Otherwise go for FAT32.


I wouldn't have these OSes because:
Server 2003 - I'm assuming this is a desktop, if you're running as a server you'd want your machine acting as a server for all the time, so it doesn't make sense. Plus you can run it in a VM easily
Windows 2000 - It's certainly nice, but a trimmed XP can run everything that 2000 can and more. Plus you can run it in a VM
Windows 98x and earlier - You might want to do this for games. However, remember there is both DOSBox and VirtualBox.
An early Longhorn build - Not very stable, tendancy to bog down with the memory leaks etc, and the whole OS feels unfinished.

Of course this is just my opinion. :P

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:51 am 
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What I'd probably do if I was setting up a multi-boot configuration now:

a) Windows 2000 or XP – for some apps I might need someday
b) Linux – main OS
c) OSx86 – no comment
d) BSD or Solaris – playground

I'd maybe also add BeOS and/or OS/2 to the mix. I've a multi-boot fetish. :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:35 am 
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OS/2 is old and doesnt support hardware newer than 1999. I would use ecomstation instead, and use zeta instead of Beos for similar reasons.

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When I built my new machine recently I just put Vista x64 on as the everyday OS and XP Pro x86 on for a backup system should the Vista get broken and for anything that won't run on Vista x64 (though in fact pretty much everything does). I would have put OSx86 on as well if I'd had an install disc back then though, now that I have got one I'm too scared to try as I might somehow hose Windows and all my files!

Windows 9x isn't a good idea as it doesn't work well with modern hardware eg large amounts of memory, and most hardware doesn't have drivers for it any more.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:10 am 
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My multibooting idea:
- Windows XP MCE 2005 or Server 2003 or FLP - main OS
- Windows 98 SE or NT 4 WS - i love them and thats the only reason i want them
- Windows Vista - using it only sometime for new apps that XP cant launch
- Windows Longhorn 4074 clean install - just for fun, i love this build
- MS-DOS 6.22 - for old apps and games
- Any Linux distro (propably Ubuntu or Gentoo) - for Linux apps
- Other Unix based system - i cant decide what should i choice :P

But thats only me... And im not booting OS X just because i have Mac.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 8:19 am 
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If I want to install any Longhorn builds (IE 4048 or 5112, or 5219) I would have to replace my CD drive for a DVD drive. Sure sounds feasible I just need a good anti spyware and virus program like Avast or AVG

With this said perhaps I will change Server 2k3 to a stable Longhorn beta, I never had any problems with 5112, Firefox worked on it.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 6:37 am 
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My Multiboot setup would be as following:

1. Windows Vista (Main OS)
2. Windows XP (for backup reasons and stuff that didn't works with Vista)
3. Linux Sabayon (to play around with it^^)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:50 pm 
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the perfect triple boot combo IMO would have to depend on the compy...

-windows for workgroups/98 SE>for low ends and older games

-windows 2000/XP (or XP FLP)>for those who can't support Vista

-XP/Vsta or longhorn build that suits yer tastes> for the newer, stronger machines

-Vista/Longhorn of Vista beta of choice> for those who dont want XP

each of these rig would also have a third OS (linux perhaps?) that would be for repair or when you want to take a break from M$

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 3:59 pm 
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Just curious, but when it comes to incredibly detailed multiboot configurations like you guys are discussing, wouldn't it be easier to run the much older OS's in some sort of a virtual machine?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:03 pm 
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MJCfromCT wrote:
Just curious, but when it comes to incredibly detailed multiboot configurations like you guys are discussing, wouldn't it be easier to run the much older OS's in some sort of a virtual machine?

Easier maybe, but less fun :)


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:29 pm 
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Haha, true. I'd definitely feel a sense of accomplishment if I was able to configure a multi-boot system with OS's whose releases spanned decades of time, and do it all without royally screwing something up. :)

I'd like to have a multiboot setup that showed off the various Longhorn builds, starting with 3683 and working my way up to 4071 and 4074, finally up to the RTM, just so I could see what was going through the developers heads as they added/removed features (WinFS :( ).


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:39 pm 
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Yes, and with Longhorn, there is much more you can do if it was installed natively rather than in a virtual machine, because then you can take advantage of DWM/DCE :P

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 4:45 pm 
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Thats true! I've heard that it may be possible to view some of these effects if you are running a virtual machine, if you remote desktop into the virtual machine, but I haven't had much luck with it.

Do you know what the first Longhorn build that uses DWM/DCE is? 3683?

*edit*

I might have found an answer:

http://www.betaarchive.co.uk/forum/view ... 99&start=0


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:01 pm 
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yes, though 'DCE' is just windows rendered by the graphics card..
also add the recently leaked 4039 to that list :wink:

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