Linux in a virtual partition
Running operating systems in a virtual partition is an excellent way to try out new distros or to operate two operating systems side by side.
Note to the mods: I was not able to post that in the tutorial section. Feel free to move it there.
I am using VMware Player to run Zorin, Mint Cinnamon and Windows 8 on a Windows 7 host. But the host can also be a Linux system. Here are a couple of documents that describe the system requirements:
Host System Requirements
For the Zorin installation, I have made a tutorial that describes the steps to setup Zorin in VMware player, to install the VMware tools and to make the initial setup of Zorin. I have installed Mint in the same way and would suspect that at least any other Ubuntu based distro would install like this.
VMware Player - Install and Setup Zorin - Windows 7 Support Forums
Then I have made a little demo to show the virtues of Zorin and how it works in the virtual partition.
Having fun with Zorin - Windows 7 Support Forums
And as a last step I moved the virtual partition to an external disk which allows me to run the virtual system on any PC.
Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive - Windows 7 Support Forums
Maybe this can be useful for you. If you have any questions, let me know.