I am considering helping my friend install Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS on her laptop. Windows 8 is pre-installed (I do not know which version) and my plan is to install 12.04 LTS in dual-boot configuration using advanced installation. I have a few concerns and inquiries as follows:
- How to partition the HDD and how to allocate space to each directory mount?
- When I searched Windows 8 Ubuntu 12.04 LTS in dual-boot configuration on this site I came across the concept UEFI which I have no idea about. How can UEFI affect the installation procedure?
- Should I choose 32-bit or 64-bit version of Ubuntu? Would choosing a 64-bit version yield compatibility issues for drivers etc.? The laptop has 4GB of RAM.
- Would choosing a newer edition of Ubuntu be more efficient as an introduction to Ubuntu?
Many thanks for your contribution. Feel free to ask for additional information if needed.
P.S: I have downloaded the iso images for Ubuntu today (21.10.2013) from 1. I have read that UEFI is some kind of successor to BIOS, yet I still do not know how this will affect GRUB2. Also I found info that 12.04.3 LTS has support for UEFI could you verify that?