In about a month or two, I'm planning major overhaul on my work computers. I'm planning to set up a Windows XP and Ubuntu partition on both a Compaq desktop and laptop. The desktop involves installing a new hard drive and on both machines I'll be performing a fresh install of XP and then Ubuntu Studio. I'd like to have all my ducks in a row and I have a few questions going forward. This is uncharted territory for me.
Big thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and respond to this post.
- Will folders in my XP partition be accessible from within Ubuntu and vice versa? It would be convenient for things like business records to be able to access them at any time, regardless of the the current OS in use.
- What about networking? Can I set it up in a manner so that I can access a shared folder from either OS, regardless of the current OS of the computer containing the shared folder? (This doesen't sound feasible to me, but I thought I'd ask anyway.)
- I'm about to go research this on my own, but if anyone knows off hand...Since my Desktop XP software is pre-SP1, is there any place from which I may be able to download a disk image for SP1 and even SP2? This could avoid hours of downloading and istalling through Windows Update.
I'll do my best to answer some of your questions. I have setup and duel booted Linux a few times. I haven't done so in some time though.
I wouldn't do both machines untill your comfortable with the duel boot process and understand how they can and can't interact with eachother.
Normally Linux (Ubuntu) will see your windows partition and you will be able to access those files, Windows will not see the linux partition.
For a "shared" folder, with just the one or two computers it won't work because of windows not playing nice with linux. But if you have a server or another computer on the same network then Samba (linux app) would let you share files, printers, etc between windows and linux.
As far as the SP1 or SP2 disk image, I have no clue for you on that one.
I hope that lends some information for you project.
Once I get some more free time I plan on getting back into linux, there are so man things that can be done with it.