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F12 Pre-Installation Tasks Dual Boot Options

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Professor Gregory R. Kriehn
F12 Dual Boot Options

Many Linux users these days enjoy the freedom of being able to have multiple operating systems installed on their computer. This is certainly true of myself, especially for my laptop. As a result, I use PartitionMagic to resize the Windows partition to about 50 - 100 GB, move it so that it no longer is at the beginning of the hard drive or acting as the first partition, and use the rest of the hard drive for Linux. If you need background information about Linux partition sizes, particularly for Fedora 12, see the Partition Sizes page.

"Back in the my day", PartitionMagic was pretty much the only way to readily create, delete, re-size, and move Windows, DOS, and Linux partitions that contained existing data on them
— on the fly. This is not entirely true anymore, as gparted and qtparted have been developed for Linux, but gparted and qtparted still cannot resize anything but a Windows partition if the partition has data on it, and they cannot move any type of partition once it has been created and used. Now, it is also true that PartitionMagic cannot move Linux ext3/ext4 partitions anymore either, and I am annoyed to no end that development of PartitionMagic is dead since it was bought out by Microsoft-owned Symantec (surprise, surprise), but hey.  If gparted and qtparted ever get to the point that they can move and resize existing partitions, while still preserving data, I'll jump over and make the switch. In the mean time, I still enjoy PartitionMagic.

After your partitions have been setup, and once Fedora installs itself onto your computer, a boot loader called grub (the GRand Unified Bootloader), will be installed.  GRUB will allow you to choose which operating system, or Linux kernel, you wish to boot into. Life under GRUB is spectacular
— unlike the old RedHat days when lilo (the LInux LOader) was required. If you set things up incorrectly there, bye bye Windows partition. Bye bye Linux partitions. Bye bye being able to boot into anything. Fun times. Now, it's just install Windows, install Linux, and you're good to go. See the Fedora 12 Installation page for details.