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Re: La Machine Est Morte, Vive La Machine!

I am going to buck the tide and suggest that you carve out a couple of
partitions, or at least some unformatted space. while I boot Linux
99.99% of the time, having a Windows partition gives me insurance --
just in case one of my Linux partitions doesn't work. if you ever do
start to play around with it, Carl -- and there is no one on this list
who is more suited to it, temperamentally and technically -- you will
also find that clever allocation of partitions enables 1) easily
automating comprehensive and reliable backups, and 2) relatively easy
upgrades from one distro or release to another. the Linux boot manager
has been bulletproof for me, and the times I've had difficulty, the
native tools for fixing glitches has worked flawlessly.

-rafe t.

On 07/21/2014 12:15 PM, Carl Distefano wrote:
Many thanks for all your replies. Kari and Bill, you've convinced me that virtualization, rather than multiboot, is the way to go. It's actually a relief to put aside the multiboot idea. I've had multiboot systems in the past; the reality, for me, was that one OS got used 90% of the time while the others just sat there -- because, let's face it, rebooting is a pain. Virtualization would seem to put multiple environments at one's finger tips. Plus, if virtual 32-bit is going to run as fast or faster on my new machine than it would in a separate partition, that clinches the argument. (I was assuming that virtualization would be slower.)
The new computer won't be here until the end of this week or the
beginning of next -- ample time for me to mull over any further
thoughts and suggestions you may have. Thanks again for sharing your
experiences and expertise.