Xp/linux dual boot

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  1. TC

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    I have an old Dell latitude laptop running xp pro and I want to install Linux in a dual boot setup. Is there any particular version that would work best?

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  2. Smyth

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    Let me help you:
    1) Select a distro, there are hundreds to choose from, but only a couple dozen worth considering.
    2) After you select a distro, select the desktop environment you want, most distros have less than a dozen to choose from.
    3) Choose 32-bit or 64-bit. This is usually a no-brainer.
    4) DOWNLOAD!!!!!!

    When you install it:
    1) Choose what file system you want, most distros give you less less than a dozen to choose from.
    2) Etc.

    Which version? Only you can decide that. Try them out and see what works best for you.
     
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    If you think the above situation is hard on users, it's even harder on software developers.

    Here's my recommendation for an old XP laptop: Mint distro with MATE desktop, 32-bit version.

    Mint, because it's one of the most polished and friendly distros.
    MATE desktop, because it's well maintained and it may work better on older hardware.
    32-bit, because computers with older processors and less memory run better with 32-bit software.
     
  4. exscentric

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    You might try googling for try WUBI, it installs within windows but gives aa dual boot option upon booting, You can read about it and see if it would work for you.
     
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    I have been using some form of Ubuntu since 06 or 07 and I am going to second Mint. Mint with either Mate ot the Cinnamon Desktops are a very easy windoze to Linux shift for any windows user and definately choose ext4 for the file system format. Choose Dual Boot alongside windose and chat, chata, boom, in an old unit it will repartiton the machine, install the OS, and Dual Boot the system for you in less thyan half the time it takes to install wibdows, leaving you worried it didn't install.
     

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