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so i have always loved working on computers and i like both windows and mac, yet i've always wanted more in the creative sense. like making the desktop look as the way i want it to. that and much more. anyway i know what linux is but have never seen it in action let alone played around with it. i only have one computer it is my laptop. currently running vista. i just wanted to know if its worth me dual booting the newest ubuntu onto it?
It's hard to make a recommendation to someone about which 'distro' or 'Linux Distribution' they might like. If you feel attracted to Ubuntu, then go for it-- download a LiveCD and boot it up, and see if you like it. Note that running the OS from a CD is obviously going to be somewhat slower than if it is actually installed to a HDD, but it gives you a feel for the OS.
To compare distros, go to Distrowatch.com (and check out the Top-10 in particular), or the Distro Reviews link in the menu to your right ----> or Google for 'Linux Distributions' and you will find plenty of sites to compare them. Also, many people's signatures around here offer links to 'distro-choosers' where you can plug in some things you want and it will make some suggestions.
If you decide dual booting is for you don't forget to backup your data from Vista.
Also make sure you have a means of reinstalling Windows,just in case.
I believe some laptops have a hidden recovery partition,if not check you have an install disc.
i'm going to try out ubuntu. all i have to say is you all have been very helpful in my decision. i have read some other threads before posting here and i must say i love how nice and informative everyone is here. i can't wait till its my turn to help someone out!!