I am being forced into the realm of Linux. They are recommending Ubuntu, which I agree with. It is just for one piece of engineering software. Everything else will still be run in Win7. Now the question is do I go dual boot w/ Win7 or VM it? I am thinking VM would be the better option. It just seems safer to me and we should be able to switch back and forth between Win7 and Ubuntu as needed. Where is the best place to start learning how to run Ubuntu? I tried it a few years ago but even something as simple as installing a piece of software was impossible for me to grasp. I am a PC and I don't like change. Anyone have any experience loading Linux on a Dell Inspiron 9100? I have a spare laying around that I can play with. I could also get my hands on a 9300 or 9400if either of those would be better.