Virtualization cpu usage
I dipped my toes in Ubuntu for a month last spring, and went back to XP when I was in dire need of some hard drive space, and after another annual XP reinstall, I'm sick of it.
There are some non-gaming Windows apps that I need to use - some seem to work with WINE (Photoshop CS 2) and others (Flash) will probably need to be used in a virtualized OS. I'd originally considered waiting til I got a new laptop in summer to make the move (setup the new one while the old one was available for working, etc), but as XP's performance is decaying faster than usual, I'm itching to make a switch.
My main Q is what kind of a cpu hit does virtualization involve? I know that RAM can be allocated (I've got 2gb now vs 1gb last spring), but I wonder if my 2ghz Centrino can handle a guest OS to run Flash or something else periodically.
Right now, it seems I use RAM more than the CPU, so perhaps making a switch wouldn't be that big a deal.
Dell 6000d / 2Ghz Pentium M / 2GB ram / ATI something or the other