Best Linux Distro for Upgrading Comp / Using Win XP as a Virtual Machine?

Hello, so I currently run Windows XP but every since that Microsoft announced that they will stop coverage of updates, I'm thinking that I'd rather upgrade my computer for like $250 later this year, and back everything up from this XP machine, and just install linux.

Is is possible to run Windows XP as a virtual machine, and dump all my existing content (like music, photos, etc) back onto this virtual machine's "hard disk"?

My actual computer specs are found on this thread if you're interested (hence why I will be upgrading it a little bit so it can run a little smoother with what I use it for --> programming in Python, learning through ebooks, Finale with guitar, emulators, music, etc):

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1983171/sluggish-computer.html

Thanks a bunch!


Thanks a bunch!
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  1. Yes it is possible... but if you are running already Linux why bother running XP in a virtual machine?
    All of your music, photos, videos will be playable on your Linux installation. Emulators for every system are available on Linux. Python will be a much better experience on Linux. For music typesetting 'Finale' is not available but many alternatives exist ( here is one http://www.denemo.org/ )
  2. skittle said:
    Yes it is possible... but if you are running already Linux why bother running XP in a virtual machine?
    All of your music, photos, videos will be playable on your Linux installation. Emulators for every system are available on Linux. Python will be a much better experience on Linux. For music typesetting 'Finale' is not available but many alternatives exist ( here is one http://www.denemo.org/ )



    Well, good point. I also use game emulators that I've liked over the years that are specific to WIndows.

    Though, do you know any good music recording DAW's that are packaged with Linux?

    I plan to be able to record with this computer in better environments than Audacity lol.

    I understand your point about XP though, hence the reason I really gotta switch to Linux because they will completely stop updating it soon unfortunately ;(.
  3. http://www.reddit.com/r/linuxaudio/

    Ardour is good and free/ opensource
    Reaper runs well under WINE.
    ReNoise is good too.

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