Posted by: Anonymous
on July 24, 2008 03:07 PM
I can't directly speak to 64 bit Ubuntu, but I have used the x86-64 (i.e. AMD64) build of Debian for over two years, and it seems to be completely prime-time ready.
Also, if you don't want to ditch Vista just yet, you can just partition off a bit of your hard drive and install Debian or Ubuntu alongside it until you are confident. 5 gigs of disk space would be plenty, even if you want to install a ton of packages (you can actually do a lot in much less space than that).
btw, there's nothing wrong with just using Debian instead of Ubuntu. It is not "difficult", and it is easier (for me at least) to see what is actually going on with your system. The only pitfall might be that your very new machine might have hardware that is not supported by Etch (the latest stable release).