two operating systems at once
i have always been interested in linux, and i find myself finding excuses to install it on my laptop. currently i have windows xp installed and it runs fine. i was thinking that maybe i would use ubuntu for a few technical apps. mathematica, matlab, open office, but i have a few questions.
First, i would dual boot. so if i use just over half of my 60 gig drive for windows, including pics, mp3s, documents, how much should i shrink for ubuntu? i only have 6 gigs of songs, and provided that i install an ntfs reader, i play or access many of my documents (for reading mostly, i know there there are ways to write that are pretty safe now, but i will wait it out a little more).
Second, could i have both running at the same time and perhaps switch back and fourth like i have seen the mac books do? that nice fancy rotate desktop? i think it would use xgl....
third, i have tried virtual pc, and it works alright for many things, but is not as fast as i would like, nor does it support larger resoultions, and also the sound card isnt great.