My new thing is running windows 8 natively and an Ubuntu server box through vagrant for development.
You’ve got it all backwards @Robby :p
I would just like to say that after a year of using Arch (Ubuntu and Fedora before)… I think it’s as user-friendly as anything. In fact, I wish I would have started with it. A huge benefit is that you learn how Linux actually works from the beginning. I have never had a major problem with Arch. Ever. Then again, I don’t use Photoshop.