If you load Ubuntu from within Windows 8 it will dual boot without problems, personally I find Ubuntu has gone downhill fast since about V10 and is now just a piece of bloat ware and not worth bothering with. (Most Ubuntu users (And those wishing to try Linux) have gone over to Mint as it is far superior)
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Don't know if anyone's noticed, but IE11 in Windows 8.1 is actually rubbish - broken compatability with many websites, and seems slower than IE10 as well. IE10 was brilliant.
IE 11 features advanced security measures (Been using it on Windows 7 for some time) which means if the website doesn’t play ball it can cause problems, however if you run theses websites in compatibility mode they should run without problems. As to speed I find it leaves IE 8, 9 & 10 for dead in all departments. (For some strange reason it is a bit more Clunky in Windows 8 though)
Not sure about that.
I used to have a "SunPC" card in my Sun Sparcstation. It had a dedicated CPU for running PC apps. It would just about run Windows 3.1, at 286 speed, on a machine that was 10 times faster than the then state-of -the-art Pentium II CPU based PCs. I'm not sure running Windows 8.1 in a LINUX window or LINUX in a Windows, erm, window, would be any more successful. After all, the main reason for running the UNIX derivative is out and out speed.
I use VMware products every day for home purposes and I use them extensively at work (as do most companies who use virtualisation) - both of my home machines, one a Lenovo running Windows 8.1 and the other a Macbook Air running OS X Mavericks, run a Windows 7 copy of my work laptop so I can use them on the go. Performance is excellent in both. As long as you've got plenty of RAM, it'll work fine (NB - 4 GB installed in both of the above).
Look at it this way - it's free, so it can't hurt to try
Red Hat seems to be the flavour, sorry. flavor, of choice of here, so I might give that a go, or maybe Mint. It's just a plaything right now anyway, so no great rush.
I got Ubuntu loaded onto a separate hard disk once I'd followed their online instructions to createa a bootable USB drive.
Now, however, Windows is the only thing that seems to boot.
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