Installation of Ubuntu 8.04 for dual boot

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Ubuntu 8.04
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I have recieved alive CD of Ubuntu. I am part of a LAN having NW components(Hub, Switcg etc) including Exch Server. Do I have to tell NW administrator before installing it? Does my user acct required changes in setting? Do I have to create a saprate drive to instal it? what about my existing OS Widows XP ? I want a dual OS. Do I loose my data already store in PC? Some one please help me in step by step instlation. Regards

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You should tell your NW administrator before installing it, because you will need an ip address for your ubuntu OS, (although if you don’t use DHCP, you could use the same static ip address you use in XP).

Your user account does not need any changes.

If you want to dual boot, you will need a separate partition for the Ubuntu installation. If you don’t have such partition, there are some tools you can download, which could help you resizing your current partition, so you don’t need to re-install your current OS nor re-format your disk.

Have a look at this article for detailed instructions.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    It is better to ask nw admin before going to install ubuntu ! Yes, you can use same IP which you used for your XP. Upto this point OK. Now provide your Qs one by one :
    1. No does not need any user account change settings here.
    2. Yes, you have a separate drive to install ubuntu. Any Linux flavor has a strong boot loeader, like GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader) which can manage windows partitions with very carefully.
    Please don't make partition f from windows/ other tools (I am telling, as my experience was), if you do that, it will mess up all.
    3. Your XP is intact and your data/ folders/ softwares all are intact when installing ubuntu/ other linux flavor.
    4. Don't worry, about your data, yes telling again. They are all OK.
    Just insert installation disk into cd/dvd drive (before must have to set the boot sequence for cd/dvd as first boot), let it boots from the set up disk and it will let you the next screen. Follow on-screen instructions, but be careful when it will ask for partition, never select Auto proposal/ auto partition, rather select custom and make partitions on unpartitioned/ raw while it shows NTFS/fat32 partition, which you must leave. You can take help from an expert for its smooth functioning.

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