I have a dell laptop and have virtual machines, but I do not want to use virtual machine due to the speed concerns.
I am thinking of buying a 8GB mini/micro usb stick (smaller than normal usb stick) and install ubuntu on it. I will be using Ubuntu 32/64 bit instances based on your recommendation.
Is 8GB space enough to install ubuntu + mysql(not more than 500 MB data) + emacs + other utilities which will not cross 500 MB?
I might want to have minimum of 2 GB space for my work area. My laptop has 4 GB and minimal swap partition or no swap would be fine.
The other way to ask is how much of disk storage used by the Ubuntu 10.10/10.4 on 32 bit and 64 bit on the default desktop installation?