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    Setting up a windows linux dual boot

    Last week I ran into someone who wants to learn both Windows and Linux. So I am wondering how do I partition the hard drive to set up this dual boot?

    I know windows goes in first, but, being a relative noobie, setting the partition table is what I am not sure about.

    I'm thinking to give this person a rolling release just to help them learn

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    After installing Windows, then use a partitioning tool like Parted Magic to shrink the Windows partition.
    Then, boot up with a Linux installation disc. Most modern distros will as you if you want to install Linux alongside Windows.

    As far as the partition scheme, you'll likely want 3 Linux partitions. Around 10 - 15 GB for /, 30 or 40 GB for /home, and maybe 2 to 4 GB for a SWAP partition.
    The size of the partitions will depend on your needs, and others may chime in with other suggestions. But, for a general use machine, that layout will provide suitable amount of space to store data (Movies, Music, personal documents, etc.).

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    I thought that might be the case, but thought I should check because making a mistake at the install is not a good way to impress tham about the worthiness of Linux.


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