Why do you dual-boot?

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Why do you dual-boot?

I don't I use a virtual machine
2
8%
I don't I single boot to Linux
9
35%
I do it because of games
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4%
I do it because of school/work
4
15%
I'm in the second transition phase working my way to the third
1
4%
none of the above (post your reason)
9
35%
 
Total votes: 26

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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by Fred Barclay » Fri Aug 07, 2015 4:08 pm

BigEasy wrote:
coder123 wrote:Hey I thought it'd be interesting to make a poll about reasons for dual-booting because my reason for dual-booting has changed over time. IMO dual-booting is one of the phases in making the transition to Linux unless you have particular reason such as running a particular game or app that won't run on Linux or there is no good Linux equivalent. (both of which should fade as reasons as time goes on IMO with equivalents for app being made and porting for games)
What is dual booting? I have not dual booting but triple. All is Linuxes. Change your poll items, please. Or theme's title to "Why do you dual-boot with Windows?"
I don't think the OP required Windows. I'm straight Linux, but I still dual-boot different distros.
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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by xenopeek » Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:56 pm

I often imagine Linux (and BSD, Haiku, ReactOS...) distros are dual booting but Linux and Windows are duel booting :wink:

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Anyway, same for me as for Fred. I don't use Windows at home but do dual boot open source OSes.
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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by coder123 » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:27 pm

Fred Barclay wrote:
BigEasy wrote:
coder123 wrote:Hey I thought it'd be interesting to make a poll about reasons for dual-booting because my reason for dual-booting has changed over time. IMO dual-booting is one of the phases in making the transition to Linux unless you have particular reason such as running a particular game or app that won't run on Linux or there is no good Linux equivalent. (both of which should fade as reasons as time goes on IMO with equivalents for app being made and porting for games)
What is dual booting? I have not dual booting but triple. All is Linuxes. Change your poll items, please. Or theme's title to "Why do you dual-boot with Windows?"
I don't think the OP required Windows. I'm straight Linux, but I still dual-boot different distros.
I assumed dual-booting windows. Dual-booting between two Linux distros is something I never considered. To those of you who dual-boot (or triple boot ect) between Linux distros can you please explain why you don't just use one? Are you doing it to test out other distros? If so, why not just use a virtual machine for the dstro you're testing?
Linux and most of it's apps are the way it should be for the individual user. Free and and open source. And then there's Redhat for businesses that want to use Linux.

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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by BigEasy » Mon Aug 10, 2015 3:38 pm

I like to watch how things goes on in different distros. More, if something failed in one distro, in other distro same thing may be working. Who told Linux is perfect because his name? VM is good, but if you have enough disk space then is better to have real installation.
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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by Fred Barclay » Mon Aug 10, 2015 4:13 pm

coder123 wrote: I assumed dual-booting windows. Dual-booting between two Linux distros is something I never considered. To those of you who dual-boot (or triple boot ect) between Linux distros can you please explain why you don't just use one? Are you doing it to test out other distros? If so, why not just use a virtual machine for the dstro you're testing?
Well, in that case... :)
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2. Main desktop: I use Arch and Debian Sid because it's fun to have rolling releases. Arch is nice because I configure everything by hand, so there's no bloat on my machine to make it run slower (1 GB ram, so I have to be careful). Debian Sid runs nicely too. I'm really an apt guy, so I don't see myself moving over to Arch on this machine. Besides, even with the AUR, there's still more software for Debian.
(I do plan on trying Devuan on this machine in a bit.)

Besides, I like running multiple distros just to see what they're like. I've learned a lot by not being "glued" to one particular distro. Arch and Debian in particular have been good teachers (although Betsy made me learn a lot at one time, too. :) )

As to the VBox vs bare metal question: I do use VBox a good bit. It's a nice tool to try distros on, especially harder ones like Arch, without breaking anything. However, I've only got 3 GB of RAM on my nicer machine (1 GB on the other) so I'm limited in what I can run on it.
In addition, every OS seems to prefer bare metal to virtualisation. Running a "real" install is a nicer experience. VBox also limits you in a few things.

Finally, I run multiple Linuxes for fun! After all, why not? They're free!
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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by coder123 » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:13 pm

@Fred

wow I would assume that if you do all that messing around with distros you'd use your desktop and give it enough memory and HDD space to run VMs but that's just me I guess because I'm nervous about messing with grub that much.
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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by Fred Barclay » Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:20 pm

Yeah, I would, but it's old (2005 era) and upgrading it isn't really worth the money. Besides, it was a compact desktop machine so a lot of the parts are integrated into the circuitry or not available. :(

I do keep my VMs on a removable 1 TB hard drive, so space isn't an issue.
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Re: Why do you dual-boot?

Post by Jwithquestions » Tue Aug 11, 2015 5:10 pm

1. I have an ancient version of a cad software package I run infrequently.

2. I have an ancient version of Topo software I use to make trails and property boundaries for hiking and hunting.

3. I run a Palm III Xe and the desktop runs in windows.

I have not figured out how to make any of this stuff run in wine. Dual boot is easier for me.

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