How to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux

How to dual boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux

Introduction

My restless effort to promote a Linux operating system and encourage its usage among other “PC” users made me this time to tackle a core topic of this effort and that is dual boot Linux Operating System and MS Windows XP Pro. I really do not expect windows users to switch from MS Windows to the Linux from one day to another, but I rather expect a slower and gradual transition with less headaches and without productivity losses.

There are already plenty of excellent articles in regard to this topic. However, I do still see Linux forums flooded with simple basic questions on how to dual boot these two operating systems. I see users coming from a MS Windows environment completely lost when it comes to a UNIX File System Hierarchy Standard (FHS), partitioning using EXT3 file system and navigation with simple “cd” command. It is very hard for them to let go of an idea of C: and D: drives. In recent 2 or 3 years Linux operating systems and its installation has improved in such a manner that I do not see a problem for a NON-IT person to install its own fully functional and productive version of the LINUX on his “Designed for Microsoft Windows XP” notebook.

Despite my believe I have decided to write this Linux-Windows dual boot “howto” for new Linux enthusiasts. In fact, I have had a friend who has no IT background to helping me by following my steps in this tutorial and believe it or not, he could install his own dual booting system without any problems.

Be aware that we are not going to describe all installation steps for both Linux and Windows installations in this article, only those steps which are necessary to accomplish this task.

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GRUB boot loader for Linux

How to Fix Grub error: no such partition Grub Rescue

Grub is a boot loader for many Linux distributions which basically tells your system where it can find installed operating system(s) on one or more hard drives. Your PC needs this information in order to boot into your Linux distro successfully. If grub becomes corrupted, one such error you may come across is “error: no such partition grub rescue.”

This error most commonly arises when resizing or rearranging the partitions of a hard drive, as is necessary with dual boot in Ubuntu or dual boot in Manjaro, for example. If you’ve received this error out of the blue (i.e. you haven’t made any recent changes to your hard drive), it could be a sign of the hard drive going bad.

Regardless of the cause, we’ve written this guide to help you get your Linux system back up and running. In this article, we’ll give you the step by step instructions to fix the dreaded “no such partition” grub error.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to fix grub error: no such partition grub rescue

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Installing Manjaro Architect Edition

Install Manjaro Architect edition

When you download Manjaro, you can choose from quite a few different desktop environments, such as XFCE, KDE, GNOME, etc. But it’s also possible to forego a desktop environment altogether and install to disk from the command line version of Manjaro, which is known as the Architect edition. This will give the operating system a much closer feel to its ancestor, Arch Linux, which only has a command line installer available. You’ll still get to choose a GUI during the installation, if you’d like.

The main advantage of the Architect edition of Manjaro is that it gives users a lot more control over the installation process. You get to choose the best download mirrors, which drivers to install (free or proprietary), a desktop environment, shell, and more granular control over other options not normally available in the typical installers of some Linux distributions. It’s also a much smaller ISO file, since packages are downloaded from the internet during installation rather than being extracted from the ISO file as they are on GUI editions of Manjaro. This also means you get the latest packages available and your ISO file never becomes outdated.

In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of installing Manjaro Architect edition. This guide assumes that you’ve already obtained the Architect ISO file and created a bootable USB drive or other form of installation media.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to install Manjaro Architect edition

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Live CD/DVD Linux Download

Live CD/DVD Linux Download

In this article, we’ll cover and compare some of the most popular Linux distributions to use for a live CD/DVD. Furthermore, you’ll be given the information you need to make a decision about which one to use, as well as the links to the official Linux downloads pages for each Linux distribution.

Many Linux distributions offer an environment that you can boot your computer into without having to install anything to a hard drive. For some Linux distros, this is actually their main purpose. This is called a “live file system” and it allows you to boot into Linux like normal from a CD, DVD, or USB drive.

With a live file system, changes you make normally aren’t saved after a reboot. When you boot to a live CD/DVD/USB, system files and everything else are stored temporarily in RAM, and RAM is always cleared when a system shuts down or reboots.

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Kali Linux autologin configuration

How to enable autologin on Kali Linux

The objective of this short guide is to explain how to enable autologin on Kali Linux with step by step instructions.

In this tutorial you will learn:

  • How to identify what is your system’s default Display Manager.
  • How to edit an appropriate configuration file to enable autologin on Kali Linux.

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How to boot Ubuntu 18.04 into emergency and rescue mode

Objective

Learning about systemd emergency and rescue targets and how to boot the system into them

Requirements

  • No special requirements

Difficulty

EASY

Conventions

  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either
    directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Introduction

Systemd has nowadays become the de facto standard init system for all the major Linux distributions.

Superseding SysV and upstart, it also replaced the classical way of defining system runlevels, using system targets, a special type of unit.

In this tutorial we will see how to boot an Ubuntu 18.04 system into the emergency and rescue systemd targets, and what kind of environment they provide to the users.

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