I have a Vaio notebook with Windows 7 64 bit.
I want to dual boot it with Arch Linux.
I have three primary partitions: Recovery, System reserved (Active and Boot) and the Windows
C: drive. I have resized the large partition with the the Windows
Now I have an empty space where I could create the Linux partition, but I am lost as concerns the boot loader.
According to Arch documentation, using Windows 7/8 boot loader restricts me to a Fat32 Linux partition, really a no go. So I can use GRUB or SysLinux. As for Syslinux, I have read that using
chain.c32 can prevent Windows 7 hibernation. As for GRUB, the new version is very complex, do I really need it for such a simple task? Secondly, Arch Docs say that a post-MBR gap of about 1 to 2 MiB is recommended to provide sufficient room for embedding GRUB's
core.img. How do I check if I have it and what to do if I don't have it?
Before choosing and studying any strategy I'd like to hear from your expert advice.