The weekend that ends was dedicated to moving to a new system: Ubuntu Studio. Since computer time occupies sometimes +8 hours a day, I thought leaving the old XP was something to look into.
So I dove into this as a complete noob and came out dry. No dual boot, Linux all the way. What came as a great help where the more experienced users on Ubuntu Forums. Their answers came within hours and I received their support all the way.
I now run Ubuntu Studio and, to be honest, have no doubt I will keep this platform for the future.
Here are some links you might want to read if you consider switching:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toO-WbLppl0 – installing programs
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-software-linux.htm – an updated software list of 10 pages, all free-ware
http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-studio-11.10 – detailed installation guide for Ubuntu Studio
http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2011/05/04/manual-disk-partitioning-guide-for-ubuntu-11-04/ – manual disk partitioning guide
http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/mounting.html – mounting drives in Ubuntu