I have a computer running Windows 8.1 and I would love to dual boot it with Linux. I am very new to Linux. I have run it in a virtual machine a few times before, but virtual machines are slow. I want to run it in real time with basically every resource in my computer used on Linux. I have tried installing Ubuntu but it gets confusing once I have to pick partitions for things and I do not want to erase anything from my Windows partition by accident.
Does anyone have any suggestions for someone with my experience or lack there of. I understand it is a broad question, but please help a fellow computer wanna-be enthusiast out. T