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I am looking to install Ubuntu on my Surface Pro. There are two option that others suggest.

  • First is to install Ubuntu as the sole OS and use a restore disk every time I want to use windows.

  • Second is to use a virtual machine with Hyper-V.

What is the difference of the OS type latency issues for the above options? What would be the best option to achieve maximum speed of either OS? Would a better option exist to achieve a relatively fast switch between OS types without having to restore windows(eg. could you partition or is Secure boot an issue?).

PS. I should note that my intention is to use Adobe CS Master Suite (most of it), 365 word and excel under windows and obviously don't want to install them every time. Install space is plenty at 96GB free(128GB Surface).

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How about moving this question into a Microsoft forum??? –  Naveen Mar 5 '13 at 12:06
    
@Naveen No, my intention is to use Ubuntu as my primary and I am concerned with performance issues(VM) with and delay(restore windows) and what effect they have. –  Brandon Clark Mar 5 '13 at 16:39
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Install the latest version of Ubuntu 64-bit for that device and add the wine ppa by typing this command into Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

Now you can install Wine1.5 from the Software Centre which will allow you to run Adobe CS and MS Office Suite to save you needing Windows7/8 at all...

To speed up and enable Trim support for your SSD drive check this link:

And enjoy your new Surface Pro running Ubuntu 12.10 or above :)

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Thank you. I will give it a try I think on my desktop here before I try on my pretty little S-Pro. Sorry not enough rep to up vote you :x –  Brandon Clark Mar 5 '13 at 16:14
    
I've looked into this and I don't think this is a good option for me. At the risk of program performance issues. Thank you though this was good to know. Wish iTunes worked well with it, if it cant get the support I doubt the CS6 Master Suite will.. –  Brandon Clark Mar 5 '13 at 21:04
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