I want to code some simple personal projects on the Unix-like partition while doing everything else on my XP partition.
Can someone recommend the solution that takes up the smallest footprint in size and processing power that still delivers value? I want to learn how to code in a Unix environment.
I'm trying Cygwin but my first impression is its a bit clumsy. Would a dual boot with BeOS be better? And how would I do it?
EDIT: I need to be able to run both OS'es at the same time. This is very important for me. However, my laptop is pretty crappy and that's why I ask for something that has a low CPU/RAM footprint.