I recently got a pre-installed Windows 8 system. I wish to dual boot it with ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS but after reading the thread, I'm doubtful of the idea. I can do the stated procedure but i don't want to spoil the pre-installed Windows 8, i am scared that i might accidentally harm my system.
Now, what i really meant to ask is if running ubuntu on VirtualBox is a good idea? The system is 4 Gigs RAM, and an entry level core i5 processor. Would the virtual machine be too taxing on my system?
I only wish to code on ubuntu, as it is much easier to do so on ubuntu than Windows, nothing too heavy, just basic problem solving. I know i can code on Windows 8 as well but i like nix-like system, and also the gedit. However, if virtualization doesn't work, i am willing to dual boot ubuntu.
I am thinking about allocating something like 512 MB RAM to ubuntu and 20 Gigs of HDD, as Windows 8 alone without much heavy processes takes up 1.5 Gigs.