Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop
Subject:   great tutorial
Date:   2007-11-18 19:05:12
From:   lacooney
only comments (and please take these with a grain of salt, I'm really really new):

- looks like gparted as opposed to qtparted is now the supported program for System Rescue. but the interface was really simple.

- Apparently, some Windows (?) systems come with the FAT16 already on, and some with Intel only support 4 partitions. I'm not sure what FAT16 does, so I left it and the existing NTFS on, added the Linux ext3 as a second primary partition, and combined Linux swap and FAT32 as extended. Is there any danger to doing this? Seems to run fine so far...

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  • great tutorial
    2007-11-21 10:16:56  Kevin Farnham | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    lacooney: if it seems to run fine, then you're probably all set. One thing that's happened since I wrote the article is improvements in the possibility for Windows to read Linux ext2 and ext3 formatted partitions. With this capability, creating a FAT partition for shared access between Windows and Linux is no longer necessary, since you can install Ext2fs in Windows and then assign your Linux partitions a drive letter.

    So, when I make dual-boot Windows/Linux systems today, I usually have an NTFS drive and make any drive I'd want to share between Windows and Linux an ext3 drive.

    Ext2fs is available at: