Resources: Ubuntu, Tina Hinojosa
Some notes about partitioning. I set my partitions up to have a root (/) partition, which allows me to install a new version of Linux onto that partition later if I want without disrupting my file system. Neat! Mostly, I just googled around til I found some decent instructions on how to partition my disk, but you don’t have to do that. Both of the installs I used had the option to automatically partition your drive correctly, and allow the system to dual boot. It was honestly really easy. If you are a Windows user and want to learn to program, setting up your system to dual boot Linux is probably the cheapest and easiest way to get yourself up and running. I chose to find a way to get a Mac because I was looking at applying to a program that required you to have one. If you can avoid it, though, there is no reason you can’t use Linux. All it will cost you is a blank CD.