Jman005, post #10 : Am i right in thinking that windows 8 and 8.1 systems use intel chips and RT and RT.1 use ARM systems then, I would never go near an RT computer (the RT system is something i would never venture near, no freedom to install programs, just (cr)apps). If i buy my machine in a shop (as is my intention) I'll make sure to be very clear about my wish to avoid RT/ARM machines. I intend to buy the machine, boot up and first make a system image (with window's 8/8.1 s own imaging tool) onto a USB, then annhilate the bloat/junk/cr*p ware, install some windows programs, make another image (should i use window's tool for this or a third party imaging program? or both?) and then work on testing and dual booting with linux.
I plan to use the machine for: general browsing(with firefox), watching online videos(youtube and some catchup services, mostly flash based video), watching DVDs(with VLC), a little 3d modelling with blender(this isn't as processor/RAM intensive as one might expect, my old XP machine with hardware about 8 years old can do it). I would like to be able to accomplish these sets of tasks in both the installed windows OS and the linux OS i plan to dual boot with, I really want to try out linux and find if there are ways it can work well for me because i don't like the look of where windows is heading for (RT devices show that sort of thing). I would intend to try wine in linux and see if all the windows programs i use ( i know some can but i don't know about others) can be run under linux using it, if enough can then i would probably never boot into the windows OS again, if not enough can i would boot into windows when i needed to use such programs and linux at all other times. I also want to have this computer serving as a backup for my main one, not a backup as in files(they're all backed up already on USB, CD-RW and the cloud) but a backup machine so when my current machine has a hardware death (which i can tell is soon approaching) i don't have to go weeks without a computer whilst getting a new one/trying to get the current machine repaired. I think this is a good oportunity to get a type of machine which should work well with linux so i can begin trying it sooner rather than later.
cat1092, post #11 : thanks for confirming why RT devices should not be touched with a barge pole a light year long.
Jman005, Post #12 : what do ISO files have to do with this? I don't plan to do that on windows and not on linux either, are you just trying to say that linux isn't as secure as some beleive (as in that kind of action would infect it?)? On this subject i will need to ask some questions about security on linux at some point, mainly in regard to avoiding exploits and malvertising via flash/java/firefox/chrome etc.
A other thing, should i be going for 64 or 32 bit devices, I'm not sure if 32 bit exists any more and i don't know whether how many bits windows has is due to underlying hardware which would have an effect on linux compatibility. Also i notice some laptops are available with really short booting times(from what i hear it's because they never quite properly shut down), should i be avoiding this sort?
Edited by rp88, 12 March 2015 - 02:09 PM.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB