Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions available (for free, of course) on the market today, and has gained most of its popularity due to its ease-of-use and its appeal to people who don’t like to wage war against their PC to make it work for them.

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If you installed Ubuntu before Windows Vista, now would be the time to get your Vista DVDs out and install it to your PC.

Once Vista installed, grab yourself a copy of Easy BCD and install it to get started. Now that you’re an old-hand at dual-booting, we shouldn’t need to tell you what comes next (hint: reboot to test! It’s an excellent way to make the most of available resources – there’s absolutely no need to have more than one PC just to use another OS.

Use whatever OS is best for whatever task at hand – that’s the golden rule of dual-booting, and one that we all live our lives by.

Drop by our forums and say hi, we’d love to hear about how your dual-booting experience is going!

Ubuntu has a lot of GUI-based methods for installing applications, but they take some time to search and find.

Since the keyboard is usually faster than the mouse, managing your software via the command-line can be a real time-saver.

Linux manages software through packages, individual units of software that contain user interfaces, modules, and libraries.

Here’s a step-by-step screenshot guide to installing Ubuntu and getting it to place nice with the Windows bootloader for Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

You can use these steps whether no matter whether you are installing Ubuntu before or after Windows.