As yet another alternative to use Windows and Linux side-by-side, Eric tries the VMware Player with a Debian VM.
Read his efforts and findings here
Once I had the Player installed, I downloaded a Debian virtual machine from NetLiving. It's about 1 GB, but NetLiving has pretty good bandwidth and so do I. It was about a 45 minutes to complete. So, I proceeded to unzip the VM and launch the Player. The Player asked me to browse for a VM, which I did and opened up the Debian VM. It was very slow too boot. Now that it's booted, it definitely isn't as responsive as Linux would be running natively on this laptop. But it is more responsive than a LiveCD, which has a tendency to lag when it has to read from the drive. On the other hand, a LiveCD boots faster.
One annoying thing is that I'm pretty well stuck with the desktop screen size and resolution that the VM distribution has selected for me. Oh well, I guess beggars can't be choosers, and all that.