so i wanna partition my hard-drive in to two 150 gb parts, one being the Windows 7 that im currently running, and the other being Ubuntu 10.10. i dont know a thing about Linux and would like some info first. just basic things like, compatibility with Office, are there a lot of virus's for Linux OS's, pros/cons, just basic stuff like that. any advice?
To add to the good advice you've already been given.
You can also run several Linux distro's from a usb stick aka flash/thumb drive. It runs faster than a live cd/dvd and you don't have to burn a cd.
With Linux, you don't have to worry about running an anti-virus or defragmenting, amongst other things.
My advice is to not have any expectations, just use the live cd/dvd or live usb to play with it until you get comfortable & make sure the distro you want is compatible with your machine.
Ubuntu 10.10 is nice, 11.04 is due to come out April 28th, but 10.04 is the LTS (long term support) distro.
PCLinuxOS, Kubuntu, Linux Mint-10/Julia are all very nice distro's.
Cons...if you consider it that.
Sharp learning curve
a lot of distro's come out with a new version every 6 months, so they can be kind of buggy, how buggy, depends on your hardware & the distro you choose.
Which is why it's important to try it via live cd or usb stick.
I started with Ubuntu 8.04, I currently quad boot Vista, Ubuntu 10.10, Linux Mint-10/Julia & Kubuntu 10.10. That's not counting the ones I have in Virtualbox...Mandriva, PCLinuxOS, openSUSE. Ultimate-Edition, Peppermint Ice...etc. LOL, I can put one on their in less than an hour, that includes 30-35 min download time.
This is well worth a read...Linux is NOT windows