So its come to that time of year where I need to reinstall my Windows operating system. Currently I am running Windows 7 on the rig in my specs and it has slowed down a bit and there is some crapware that I would rather just wipe instead of trying to remove. Windows 7 is working great for me but I do have a couple legit Windows 8 pro keys I could use if it is worth the jump. I havent tried windows 8 since the original developer preview and I ended up nuking it after about 5 minutes because of the lack of drivers a the time. Stuff that is working good for me is my SAMBA share folder on my Home Server that run XBMCBuntu 11.10 (Eden) as the OS but will be switching to 12.10 Frodo when its final. I also want to look into running rsync backups from windows to my home server. So what OS is best here. Also I have been learning linux a lot lately and am starting to become a huge fan. Just can't give up windows because of the games I play on steam (maybe fixed soon) and I play starcraft II as well. Along with MS office and such so I can't make a complete jump. Anyways I plan on installing Minimal ubuntu 12.10 x64 on a spare 100gb laptop drive I have. Will use LXDE + LXDM as the UI. I prefer the less is more approach. I want to dual boot using the windows boot manager instead of grub with windows as the default choice. I know I can virtualize ubuntu but would prefer a dual boot I guess. Will probably do both. Is there a better ubuntu/debian OS setup suggestion to go along with windows? I want to keep the OS drives seperate to avoid accidentally damaging each other but they will share the data drive. So I guess I am not asking a specific question but am wondering what your thoughts are on this? edit: Note the purpose of this thread isnt supposed to be a Windows 7 vs Windows 8 debate. I know there are tons of those. More of a what would work best with Ubuntu and my situation thread.