Work have issued us all laptops - which is great but it has Windows 7 installed on it with McAfee hard disk encryption for security/insurance reasons.
I use Ubuntu on my workstation although the IT department say that I cannot install Ubuntu as the primary OS on my laptop as they "don't support it".. which seems strange as I am using it on my desktop machine.
The laptop only has 4gb of memory, so running it as a virtual machine is not really a viable option. I allocated the VM 2gb of memory, yet unity seems quite heavy and when I have Chrome and few other programs open it just isn't enough memory to be practical.
I have also tried installing Ubuntu on another partition, but after installation McAfee won't then allow me to boot into it.
So, my questions are:
1) Is there a Linux distribution (Debain or Red Hat based) that would work well using only 2gb RAM.
2) Is there a way to partition and boot into another OS on a machine that has McAfee Endpoint Encryption installed on it?
3) Why do some IT teams forcefully insist that we use Windows when it is pretty much unusable for the job?