I have an HP Pavilion g7. Intel i3 2.2ghz x4 core, Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit), 4gb RAM, 600gb hd. Will happily provide more info if needed.
I've successfully installed Ubuntu 12.04.3 alongside Windows 7 just to see how difficult it was (no problem at all). Display, audio, touchpad, keyboard, wifi, drivers and ports are all working fine.
So now I'd like to make Ubuntu my primary OS and have w7 in my back pocket just in case. The logistics of seem easy enough. I plan on allocating the majority of my hd space to ubuntu and leaving 20gb or so to w7. I believe the ubuntu installer will guide me through the partitioning. I've backed up all the movies, music, files, ect. in case of a tragedy.
The main foreseeable problem is that it's my first time using a linux based os. I can navigate the GUI easy enough but don't know how to use the terminal at all. I've rooted an old android a year or 2 ago which required some terminal commands that a friend walked me through.
Before I take the plunge, I just wanted to ask the community for any tips or advice that can make this transition easier and point out anything that I over looked. Thanks in advance, people!! I look forward to your responses!