You really need more RAM 8min. Id suggest a dual boot environment regardless if you cant get more RAM. If you dual boot you would have access to better virtualization software xen, vmware on linux as well. Also makes a big difference if your running in a fully virtualized environment. What type of laptop do you have processor?
ThinkPad X220 with a 2nd gen i7.
I think I'll look into a dual boot a bit more. Do you know whether the Ubuntu install (where you can specify to install alongside a Windows install), will make GRUB the default bootloader?
I'd try a lighter o/s than ubuntu as the guest. Probably something like Arch with openbox would give you an improvement at the cost of a bit of a learning curve (don't expect anything to be done for you)
And when I'm lying in my bed, I think about life and I think about death
And neither one particularly appeals to me
Maybe try the Ubuntu Installer for Windows[ubuntu.com] (wubi). If I remember right, it installs Ubuntu to a virtual drive file, so you don't have to worry about repartitioning. You can then "dual boot" into a full Ubuntu environment. The wubi installer should also have the option to uninstall it from Windows, so setting it up and tearing it down should be pretty clean.
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