Pretty cool stuff here and good info, but to me it kinda just seems like an ad for Ubuntu, which is fine I guess.
But a couple of things here:
1) If you have never tried linux and want to check it out, this is a great idea for doing it - but I would suggest using Kubuntu (which is Ubuntu with
the "KDE" environment - if you just install Ubuntu, chances are you will have no clue how to do anything in it because it's set up completely
different than windows is - it was actually developed for use on tablets and cellphones. Just a heads up, I found out the hard way. The KDE
environment is a lot like Windows and is a lot easier to figure out where stuff is and how to use it.
2) While the whole Virtual Machine thing sounds pretty cool, and can come in handy for a few things - you can also simply install the Operating System
right along side of Windows - simply download Wubi
3) If you're REALLY concerned about getting viruses, trojans etc, then its 100 times better to just install Linux on a USB stick as mentioned above -
then all you do is plug the USB stick into the computer and it will automactically load up. However, this won't ALWAYS work; any distribution is
limited by its available drivers. In other words, if linux can't figure out what hardware is in your computer, it won't work until you tell it what
drivers to use.
4) From what I've heard over the years, Mac OSX is actually the safest operating system - most people don't realize that it's also based off of
Unix, however I have hardly ever used Mac's and I'm just stating what I've heard over the years - no idea if there's any truth to it these days or
5) I agree that at some point after Windows 8 is released, there will be all sorts of problems with it - this is because of the fact that it will be
using a CLOUD
While this is very good for some things such as backing up files, sharing them online, or doing a system restore - it will also create several
problems. For example, if someone figures out how to infect the cloud with a virus / trojan, guess what - everyone connected to the cloud is also