I want to install both Windows 8 and Linux on my PC and was was wondering what is the minimum amount of hard drive space that I will need to accomplish this. Also, are there any apparent pros/cons to this?
Ubuntu minimum requirements: 5 GB of hard-drive space
Windows 8 minimum requirements: 16 GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) of hard-drive space
So you would need a computer with at least 1x 25GB hard drive. Of course you should probably have more if you would like to do things like install programs.
The only con to this type of setup is that you can only run on OS at a time. If you ran on OS as a host and the other in a VM (Virtual Machine) you could have them both running at the same time. A pro is that the two systems, because they don't run at the same time, also don't share memory between them. So you could potentially see a performance increase compared to running one in a VM.