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suganya raj
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Hi,

I am already running Win XP in my system. Now I want Linux also in my system.

How can i install Linux also in my PC?

Do both clash in any way?

Pls help!

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Suganya

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Joe Ess
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Our Linux FAQ has a link to a tutorial on how to set up a "dual boot" system with Windows and Linux. you should check the documentation of the Linux distribution you want to use as many include utilities to make set up easier.
 
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Most popular distros that I have used will install boot loader (normally GRUB) if they detect that you have Windows partiton. You can then decide whether you want to wipe out your Windows partition or resize your partition to give some space to Linux. It's just as simple as that
 
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About the only clash is that it's best to have Windows installed first, since the Windows installer commonly wipes out the Unix bootloader.

If you want to have files that both OS's can access you may have a little trouble. Out of the box, Linux doesn't support NTFS and Windows doesn't support the most popular Linux filesystems. However, both are fine with FAT and VFAT filesystems.

There's also an ext2/ext3 filesystem driver that can be installed into Windows. I've used it and it's worked very well for me. NTFS drivers for Linux are mostly read-only, since Microsoft keeps messing around with secret internal stuff.

Note that the file access rights management for the various Windows and Unix OS's aren't always directly compatible. THis is only an issue if you want restrictions of file access.
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