I am very new to Linux and Ubuntu and I have some questions regarding the right way to go about dual booting. I have a Lenovo ThinkPad E570 with an i5, 250GB SSD (which has Windows 10 pro on it), a 1TB HDD, both encrypted using BitLocker while running Windows 10.
I've started a Computer information systems degree, in which there's a Linux module. I'd like to keep using Windows 10, and dual boot Ubuntu, while keeping all drives (and partitions I end up with) encrypted.
The trouble is I'm not too sure where to start, I've downloaded Ubuntu 16.04.3 (LTS), and created a live USB with it. Questions:
- Should I stick with 16.04.3 or is it generally better to keep with the latest version (17.04)?
- Is it recommended that I partition the SSD and dual boot Ubuntu from the partition on it or should I keep it off the SSD (as it's only 250GB) and run it from the HDD?
- And if I do partition the SSD / HDD what size should I make the partition?
- If I have a partition on the SSD for the OS should I also have a partition on the HDD for storage? And how do I go about keeping the encryption with all this?
- If i partition a drive that is encrypted, will this make an unencrypted partition that I'll be able to encrypt within Ubuntu?
As you can tell I'm really confused as to what the best course of action is.