Linux development on Windows 8

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I would like to do some C++/Linux development. I have a Windows 8 PC. Can someone suggest a efficient / economical way of doing this?
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The simplest way would be to install VMware Player (free) or VirtualBox (also free) and then install a Linux distro of your choice as a VM inside that. You just need enough RAM to run both OS's at once. another option would be to install A linux Distro to some unallocated space on your HD (or to another HD) and then choose between what you boot to.

http://vmware.com
https://www.virtualbox.org/
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What is the most commonly used Linux distro in the market now? Is there a free version available?
For development you can use Fedora Linux.  Yes, it is free and part of Red Hat family but unlike Red Hat, it has more recent packages suitable for development.

http://fedoraproject.org/
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The SIMPLIST way, if you have a newer PC is to install the Client Hyper-V role - it's the only Type 1 hypervisor you can run on Windows which should mean it's the fastest.  And Ubuntu (at least) comes with the Hyper-V tools built in, so you can install that in a VM.  Forget VMWare Player or VirtualBox, they are no longer needed.  (You MIGHT have to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro if you really have Windows 8 (one day, in a future FAR, FAR away, Microsoft will find a way to name things again so they don't generate confusion... that won't be today though).
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I'd rather use Linux Mint, which is based on ubuntu but much more user friendly. But generally any Distro should do, and most of them are free. Have a look at the distrowatch site:

http://distrowatch.com
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All good replies, I decided to go with Hyper-V and Linux Mint. Hyper V enabled. Downloading LinuxMint. thanks!

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