I've been considering running elementary OS as my primary OS instead of Windows, but I do have a couple of questions regarding virtualization (or even dual-booting).
Let's put this into context, I've finished my bachelor's degree in IT and I'm proceeding for a master's degree (also IT). I'll be mainly focussing:
- Office-documents (not necessarily Microsoft Office)
- Most likely C-programming (or C++)
- OpenVPN, and ownCloud in the near future.
Is it adviseable using elementary OS for this use-case and just virtualizing my Windows machine, vice versa, or stick to dual booting?
I've got quiet a powerful laptop, so virtualizing shouldn't be a problem:
- 8GB Ram
- 250GB SSD
Now regarding the virtualization of machines, which program is most adviseable, I've read that Xen is quiet the powerhouse as it's a type-1 hypervisor but I'm personally more experienced using VMWare Workstation or Virtualbox (I do understand that VMWare and Virtualbox work on a different layer), but the main reason I'd use Windows is because of Visual Studio and/or Microsoft Office.
Another question to avoid any confusion, do I run Xen on Elementary OS or vice versa?
Thanks in advance,