There is some Windows software that I really need to use which will not run under WINE. Therefore I am seriously thinking of a dual boot machine. In order to accomplish this I am planning on purchasing a new PC. The PC I have now will not run any Windows past XP.
After reading several posts about setting up a dual boot machine, it seems to me as though the potential for success is greatly influenced by who made the computer and what hardware they used when they made it.
My two questions are: Is there a list anywhere of manufactures or models that offer the path of least resistance to installing Ubuntu?
If I were to buy a computer with Ubuntu preinstalled from ZaReason or System76, should I be able to install (and run) Windows 8.1 on it?