can vista and ubuntu work on the same laptop?

Asked by XtheStampede on 2007-12-26

hey hey...i've got a toshiba satellite a215-s4757 and i'd like to get rid of vista.(can't use xp 'cuz the drivers for the video,wireless etc are for vista only)
i've heard about ubuntu and i'd like to know two things: 1)will it work in a dual boot configuration with vista on this particular machine? and 2) ist it a good choice for me? i play alot of games plus i live on adobe photoshop/illustrator (Itunes, can't forget Itunes).
any help would be vastly appreciated
thanks in advance

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Olivier (olivier-lacroix) said :
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Hi !

Yes you can dual boot vista and ubuntu. To know if your laptop is well supported, burn the liveCD and give it a try !

If you are a hard core gamer, forget about it. Linux is not for you. There are some pretty decent games on linux, but not that much...

Unless you do advanced things with photoshop, gimp, its linux equivalent, will cover it. And Itunes, try amarok : you will soon forget itunes :-)

If you are not bothered to reboot from times to times, give it a try. You can still get rid of ubuntu later.

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JoshuaKersey (goodtimetribe) said :
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I did a little digging on google http://www.google.com/search?ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=navclient&gfns=1&q=dual+boot+ubuntu+a215+satellite and found that sound and wireless internet drivers are common issues. Most laptops do too. My new Dell 1520 does, but with a little research I was able to get mine to work. Hibernate/suspend/sleep still seems to be hit or miss. It works sometimes, but others It's back on, but the screen stays off/black. As far as pure support, it seems like the thinkpad's rate well but they even need attention for sound.

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