I've been putting this off for a while but will need to make some changes soon so I'm asking for some advice.
I have a windows 7 machine with a 500GB hdd that I plan on upgrading to a 1Tb drive. I bought it months and months ago and just haven't done it yet. My current drive is about 40(ish) Gb shy of being full... and there has been some performance issues as of late... so, I need to get running with the new one soon.
I have SOME plans on possibly upgrading to windows 10 but I haven't made a decision on that. What I am considering is partitioning the new drive when I install it and creating a dual boot with linux. You know, in case microsoft starts using their mind control to take over the world and I decided I need to stop using it. There's a chance I might not ever or often use the linux partition but it's nice to have it on there just in case.
I've done this kind of thing before but I don't do it often enough to retain all that info. ha. I can google the steps but though I'd ask some tips. Best way to install a linux OS? CD? flash drive? Suggested partition size for installation?
and, which linux is recommended? Months ago I did some online comparisons and it seemed that Mint was the most recommended for something that was more like windows and easy to use. Since then they had some security issue that sounded concerning but that might not be a problem today??? Opinions?
I've used Ubuntu before and that wasn't too bad but seemed kind of empty out of the box...
Chances are it's not something I'd be using every day anyway but, it would be good to put something in there that I'll be happy with "just in case" I need it as a go to some day.
Any thoughts on all of this?
Ideally I wouldn't mind building a machine from the ground up but I don't think that's happening today... so...