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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
This is just a short note by way of encouragement for anyone who has considered making their notebook dual-bootable but either been daunted by the prospect or just hasn't got around to it. At the risk of making myself look like the village technological idiot, I spell out some details and try to make the writeup entertaining.
Over the weekend I converted my laptop from Windows XP to Windows XP / SuSE Linux dual-bootable. The experience was ultimately trouble-free enough that I would even consider making it triple bootable and adding Solaris.
The trouble with us engineers is that we sometimes feel as though we have to do everything the hard way, avoiding GUIs. My aim was to get this done in the shortest time possible, without benefit of tech support or a friend who's done it before, by taking the easy road / defaults everywhere it made sense. Our customers may be more like me than we sometimes want to admit! Obviously it's easier to follow a strict recipe from someone with the same setup, but that's not what I did.
My basic steps: