I've been wanting to play around with and learn more about Linux for a long time but have never really taken the plunge. My only exposure to it is a bit of fooling with a Raspberry Pi, and a bit of poking around with a Ubuntu Live CD/Flash Drive. I've heard that many Thinkpads have good Linux support, and was wondering how feasible it would be to install a Transcend 256GB MTS400S SSD and set up dual boot with Windows on my SATA SSD and Linux on the M.2. Any additional advice on what distro to try would be an awesome bonus.
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I run an M.2 drive with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 19 and I keep the 2.5 inch bay for a 2TB storage drive that either OS can use.
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With 16gb of ram, I would go the ...software way:
Install Virtualbox, create a new virtual machine, dedicate around 4 to 8gb of ram and install whatever distro you want.
No need for dual booting. You just login to your windows installation, start the virtual machine, switch it to full screen and it's like you are working natively on linux.
I am used of doing this with several less powered machines (x230, x220 for example), but the other way around: Installing windows as a virtual machine inside linux. The feeling is really close to running on bare metal!
Moreover, it's really easy to test several distros that way. And while the distro is installing, you can browse for another distro using your windows.
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