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For a dual boot, what is a good linux distro for my laptop that has 80GB hard drive and 2GBRAM?

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I want to have a dual boot with my Microsoft Windows Ultimate on my 80GB hard drive with 2GB of RAM.
What would be the best Linux distro that would not conflict with Windows Vista?
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I would definitely give Ubuntu 8 a good look. it is a pretty good linux alternative to Windows and is based on Debian. It also has great support and an awesome forum community.
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They are all good ;-)

What part of Linux do you want to learn.

I'd suggest you backup your laptop before you add linux to it though, make sure you have a rescue disk so you can reinstall incase it goes horribly wrong...
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Ubutu is a good choice.
If you want to be more comrtable with the system try LinuxMint, it it bbased on Ubuntu but with slightly improved user interface.
http://www.linuxmint.com/
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by:omarfarid
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Agree with jools all are good and won't conflict with windows. Fedora and suse are good
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In terms of Linux/Windows dual booting, there's almost no difference which distribution you choose. They all work very well in dual boot environment. Therefore, like others, for beginniing I would recommend the most popular distros; Ubuntu, Suse, Fedora and Mandriva. Ubuntu is probably the best choice for beginner but also generally excellent distribution. Give it a try.

In Ubuntu there is feature called Wubi where one can install Ubunut inside Windows in order to see how it looks like and to have ability to decide if this is for him/her. This Wubi Ubuntu installation acts as regular Windows application and can be uninstalled without affecting existing Windows.
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Thanks for the LinuxMint web site. I will be giving this distro a try on my laptop.

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