I finally decided to give linux (Ubuntu 14.04) a go as a primary OS on my new laptop with a win 7 vbox guest os. The install process is still a little rough around the edges (it took me a day to figure out that linux STILL doesn't support the raid chipset (intel) on my MB. Grrrr...).
But other than that, it is nice to have a real development environment and I was pleasantly suprised with how smoothly things integrate. VirtualBox is easy to work with and I had a guest OS installed with little hassle for my windows-specific software that I require. It's not a bad way to go.