I have an X series based system and would love to install Linux on it.Is it possible to install Linux and if it is any pointers for the same?
An easy way to use an USB stick to install any linux distribution is using UNetbootin. It works with a lot Linux distributions.
Check the given link for more detailed information
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Normally, it is very straight-forward to install Linux for a dual-boot setup, on any make/model of
computer. Normally, the exact model is NOT the relevant factor at all.
So, my general advice, would be to ask for help in the Linux-specific 'forums' for the exact 'distribution'
that you desire to install/use. e.g. if your choice is MEPIS, then ask for help in MEPIS forums. if your
choice is Ubuntu, ask for help in Ubuntu forums, etc.
Typically, that Linux distro's procedure will have you start by booting up the existing, already-installed
Windows (e.g. WIndow-7 or whatever) and use its built-in disk-manager to 'shrink' the large 'c-partition
to a smaller size, which will then result in having what's called 'un-formatted' free space on the hard-drive.
Typically, you would want to shrink by about 10GB + 50-100GB (for total of 60-110GB).
Then you'd boot up the Linux install medium that you've created or purchased (typically, from either
a CD or DVD or flash-drive), and run the Linux partition-mgr to now 'format' the exposed new space.
Normally, you'd create 2 partitions...one for the Linux-OS itself, of about 10GB in size, and the second
for a separate '/home' partition (where user-accounts data will reside, for 1 or more users). That
second partition would be between 50-100GB in size. During the Linux-installation, you also
choose one of several methods for controlling the 'boot-menu'...either letting Linux now control the
'MFD' (master-file-directory area of the hard-drive), or alternatively installing a boot-manager such
as Easy-BCD onto Windows-OS, then choosing Linux's boot option of writing its boot-info into
that first 'root' partition only.
I've done both methods, and now find the second one (using EasyBCD)
at the most flexible. That said, many Linux-distro-based advisors are more familiar with having
Linux control the 'MFD'.
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