I’m going to university to study computer science in September/October time and it’s reccomeneded that the laptop needs to be able to either dual boot windows and Linux or run a virtual Linux machine. Any ideas on what sort of specs I should be looking at because I’ve not kept up with computer hardware for 18 months or so and alot seems to have happened? Thanks
Welcome to the forum.
Dual booting can be problematic. A Linux virtual machine running on Windows may be your answer.
That way you can run Windows as the main system, and run Linux in a Virtual Machine using something like VMWare or Virtual Box.
Specs wise. Linux will be quite happy in 8GB of RAM and using a couple of CPU cores.
Min specs for a useful system.
At least a 4 core CPU (recommended a 6 or 8 core).
At least 16GB of RAM
A good sized SSD. 500GB or higher I would suggest.
On a recent Windows machine, an alternative to VMWare or VirtualBox could also be Hyper-V and WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) as both are part of the OS and just have to be activated.
The hardware specs depend a lot of what you need to do on Linux. If it’s just console and some basic scripting, WSL or a VM with small size (1 GB RAM or even a bit less, 8 GB disc) would be sufficient. For a full Linux desktop, the requirements would go much beyond this.