I am considering putting on a 2nd OS... Linux. Why would I want to do this. What is the correct way to run 2 OS's? What advantages does Linux have over Windows 7? Other than 12 million software applications made for Windows, what advantage does Windows 7 have over Linux..
Q1: Why would I want to do this ?
A1: We can't read your mind so you tell us the answer to that and we'll help in your quest for knowledge
Q2: What is the correct way to run 2 OS's?
A2: there are a few ways of doing this, some more involved than others. Which distribution are you interested in ?
Q3: What advantages does Linux have over Windows 7
OOTB security is leagues ahead of Microsofts offerings as is the repository system for installing and updating programs
Q4: what advantage does Windows 7 have over Linux..
A4: You can buy just about any program or hardware and it will work under windows. That doesn't mean said hardware etc wont work under Gnu-Linux but DO
expect to use your brain to get it to work instead of Dum-Dum clicky clicky.
I deliberately chose the abrasive Dum-Dum clicky clicky
comment to make you understand that you need to find out BEFORE
using Gnu-Linux if your hardware/programs are supported. Not buy/install and then "Boo Hoo - Teh Linux SuXx0rs" my "Whatever" don't work in Linux".
Of course, by not checking compatibility lists your going to learn Linux very quickly trying to get stuff to work and this (hands-up everyone) is precisely how most of us learned.
Learning is fun but frustrating at times.
Do yourself a favour and read the following link before messing about with your nice shiny new laptop - http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm