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The dual boot, or how to seamlessly get started with Linux
July 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Speaker: Riccardo Morandin (TU Berlin)
Microsoft Windows is still the operative system (OS) shipped out with most desktop and laptop computers worldwide, and the one that most people enter in contact with first. Still, Linux distributions and open software are becoming more and more popular, especially among developers and scientists. Despite it has several advantages over the OS developed by Microsoft, for example the fact that it is free and open source, and more secure, customizable, performing and programmer-friendly, many people still hesitate to try Linux out, usually scared off by not having guaranteed compatibility with commonly used applications and games, lacking out-of-the-box support and being generally perceived as not as user-friendly.
One possible solution to not renounce to the advantages of both systems is setting up a dual boot, that is: having both OS installed on your hard drive, and being able to decide which to launch every time you turn on your computer. If done properly, this procedure will have no negative impact on the performance of your computer, apart from occupying more space on disk, and will let you get the best from both systems. Still, if done carelessly, dual-booting your system might end up breaking a previously working configuration. In this talk, we will see how to configure a dual-boot system while taking no risks, and how to fix common issues and conflicts between the two OS.