Newb looking for hardware/dual-boot advice
New to the forum, new to Linux as of two months ago.
I've learned a ton in a few short months about command line, distros, packages... certainly no pro, but can get by without being frazzled as I was a few months ago.
Here's the reason for my post: My current work gig is over in a few months and I'd like to continue practicing Linux on my own after that.
I wouldn't need to get a Linux server, but I'm wondering:
1) I'd like to get either a desktop or laptop to run Linux. Any thoughts either way on which is a more viable option? I'm leaning towards a laptop just for portability, but should I consider a desktop as well? I wouldn't be doing any hosting; I would mostly be using it as a sandbox.
2) I currently have a 5 year-old Windows desktop. If I were to install Linux on this machine, or any other Windows machine, are there massive performance issues with a dual-boot machine? I guess "massive" is relative, but I guess I mean would each OS suffer a significant slowdown, enough to be noticeable to an average user?
If anyone could point me in the right direction that would be much appreciated. Thanks...