Recommendations for Linux on PC
Recently I received a new laptop - an HP G72, with an Intel Pentium 2GHz processor, 4GB of Ram, and sadly with Windows 7 (64 bit operating system) installed. I am currently in college and will be required to have Windows 7. I wish, however to stick to Linux and am currently debating a number of ways of getting Linux on my machine. I was wondering if the Linux community could help in giving some recommendations as to which versions of Linux to use, and how I should go about installing it. Also I am curious as to the affects of dual booting Windows and Linux on my machine (that is will it slow down the other operating system?).
My first idea was to install Linux on an 8gb flash and just run from their however, I'm not sure if I can save data on the flash drive - and if I do I wouldn't be able to save much data.