I always hear people being open to Linux as an alternative to Windows. But then I hear, how do I get rid of this (insert curse word(s))? Instead of messing up your computer, if you have the patience to learn, just run Ubuntu as a virtual machine. When you virtual-ize on top of Windows, you virtually (pun intended )have reduced your chances of breaking something! I use VMWare, but just about any virtual machine software will do. The process is simple:
- Create a virtual hard disk using your choice of virtual machine software; the virtual hard disk turns out to be one large file or hard drive IMAGE
- Get yourself the installation media, it is usually an ISO file which is a CD IMAGE.
- A couple of clicks, and you should be at an installation screen, all within a single window.
- Once installed, it will feel like you are running a system all within a window!
The virtual machine software usually picks a safe amount of RAM for you, it should not need more than 512MB for Linux! Other that, there should be no problems! If you like this post, I will be more than happy to expand on it.