“Linux rocks!” “no, it’s lame—stick with Windows!” Visit any Web site or online forum where impassioned computer users debate the relative merits of operating systems, and you’ll find endless disagreement. The only way to determine which operating system fits your needs is to run both on the same PC, configured for dual-booting.
You also need to be able to access your data files from either OS, which is the trickiest part of the process. Creating a dual-boot setup on a Windows machine is as easy as selecting that option when you install Ubuntu.
As you switch between the two operating systems in your day-to-day work, you’ll be able to assess for yourself the killer features, incompatibilities, and show stopping flaws that make one a better choice than the other. On a dual-boot system, Linux and Windows reside on separate disk partitions, each of which is formatted differently.
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