I have come into the issue recently with windows 7 being (non genuine) I REALLY don't want to have to shell out money for a key to genuine-ize(?) it, and not only that, I want to learn more about Linux systems etc. At the minute I only have Ubuntu on my laptop with kali Linux (which is still too advanced for me) so I'm thinking of changing windows for Ubuntu. I just don't know what to use?
The main worry I have about this, is how it will affect all my currently installed programs and applications? I don't want to fill up my computer with multiple copies of sever things for windows and linux systems. And what about games etc, How many of them will I be able to run on linux, will it only be the ones that have Linux versions available? and will this make my windows .exe's unplayable while running on Linux OS? Then theres skype, as far as I understand skype isn't 100% functional on Linux just yet?
Would I be better off with the same version I have on my laptop, 12.04 LTS (which I believe is Precise?) or would I be better or with the latest (raring?) release?
Again, as far as I understand, the raring (or the most recent version of Linux, which I will hence forth refer to it as.) has far more applications available to it, that work correctly with this latest release, than my current 12.04 LTS version has.
Not only that, (I know I'm being a pain) but how would I go about installing it? At this moment in time, I think I'm looking at dual boot with windows 7, so I can still keep using applications I have, when my linux side OS isn't fully supporting them. I'm not sure yet if I want to go all out and do a full format and fresh install, just saving personal data, or whether to just install Ubuntu on a space on my hard drive?
My main C drive is about 100Gb (97.5Gb) but currently only has 17.6Gb available. My secondary HD is a 2Tb Sata drive (1.72Tb) currently with 916Gb free space. Personaly I want to use the Main C drive to house both OS's and use my sata for all personal data, games and the main large portion of programs (I.E. installing the main program in the Sata and just having them intergrate the neccesary files in the C drive)
Am I actually making any sense at all? I'm really struggling with this! I've always had these sort of issues, I like to keep the OS portion of a hard drive as cluttler free as absolutely possible for best performance, and to provide as much protection as possible to personal data if anything happens to C files, corruption, deletion, virus etc.
Well.... I hope I haven't totally contradicted myself at any point and that someone can actually make sense of all that and provide some insight and help