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Before I ask my question, I understand I am in a linux forum and most likely everyone answer will be Linux over windows, but I hope whoever answers has an appreciation for both OS.
At work and at home I mostly use Windows 7 and Server 2008. I am working on a lot of security stuff like penetration testing. I have a workstation I build (2TB HD, 12GB RAM, Quad AMD Processorů) that I use for testing. The workstation had server 2008 and I was using Hyper-V to host my labs. There were some issues and I wiped and installed Windows 7 with VirtualBox for my labs. I like this setup better.
Most of my testing are tested using Linux like BackTrack but also use it to test new products and use it when I get certified in Microsoft products. I am familiar with Linux but not as much as I would like to be.
So, to my question/s.
Should I keep windows 7 as my host for my labs and Install Ubuntu as a virtual and get familiar with Linux or should I install Ubuntu and have Ubuntu host my virtual labs?
Please feel free to give other options. I just really need to get my labs setup so I can start testing and prep for my next certifications and at the same time get better at using Linux.