Advice on dual boot (vista and ubuntu)
I'm looking for any opinions or feedback you may have about this particular topic...
I just graduated college with a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and, this fall, I am going for my Master's in Software Engineering. I have always worked with Windows, but also have novice - intermediate-level knowledge of linux.
I have a new ThinkPad T61 (4gb RAM, 80gb HD, Intel Core 2 Duo) that is currently running Vista. I know how to go about setting up a dual-boot of Vista and Ubuntu, but should I? Is it worth it? I considered the idea of running Ubuntu as a virtual machine, but Vista is already so resource-heavy.
Vista reports that the total size of my C:\ (before a shrink) is 69891 MB and the size of available shrink space is 21201 MB. (So, 48690 MB after a shrink).
I'll be using my laptop for the next two years as a graduate student (with a graduate assistantship in the Computing Sciences Dept). I figure it's always good to learn as much linux as possible. Like I said, I just want to know if it's worth it, as i don't want to screw up a brand new laptop (as I always have my 4-year old Dell Inspiron XPS with no battery life and loud as heck fans).