Ubuntu live CD or virtualize it?
i want to try out ubuntu 8.10 on my dell inspiron 8100, pent 3 @ 1 GHz laptop with 512MB RAM to see if it runs quicker than xp, but want to make sure all my hardware works ok with ubuntu. i'm mainly concerned about my belkin wireless G PCMCIA card working alright. would you recommend trying ubuntu from running a Live CD, or should I try to load in inside a virtual setting? (i have no experience running a virtual program, but have been reading a little about it).
also, i'm not sure if running it either of these ways will give me an accurate picture of whether it will run faster than xp does because it's not actually installed as the main OS.
Antec 300 Case, Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 @ 3GHz, Gigabyte GA-EP43-UD3L, PNY 4GB PC6400 800MHz DDR2 RAM, XFX Radeon HD 5550 1GB DDR3 Ram, 1TB Western Digital Black 7200 32MB cache, 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate SP1, Antec Earthwatts 500 Watts