Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

hi i am a totaly new user of ubuntu. i have recently built a new system and want to install ubuntu 13.04, i have downloaded onto an external usb hard drive from a windows system that is running XP. my question is this, if i turn on my new system that is running a blank hard drive but the external hard drive with ubuntu saved on it is plugged in will the computer recognise it and load it. i have used the normal download of the iso instead of opting to create a live usb, was this the right way to go. my next question is i know i can use ubuntu along side windows os but can i run ubuntu along side fedora linux with ubuntu as a dual operating system instead of windows as a dual OS system?

share|improve this question

You need create a live usb from the Ubuntu.iso

You can install and boot as many OS as you wish limited by hard drive space, so, yes you can dual boot Ubuntu and Fedora.

I suggest you run both Ubuntu and Fedora live for a while and see which you prefer. Depending on your hardware, some people find the KDE versions faster then the gnome versions (see this weeks review on Distrowatch).

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.