So I got Xubuntu 8.04beta to install last night, very easily as it will split the partition for you, just move the slider. I couldn't get 7.10 to work from boot cd, it apparently has problems with P35 and 8800GT, a little too new tech for it.
Dual-boot system very simple to set-up. Here's some numbers to think about:
E8400 at 4.0GHz
Vista 64/WinSmp Console - 2450 ppd
WinSmp Console with Affinity Changer - 2700 ppd
XP / VMWare / Xubuntu 7.10 - 2950 ppd
Xubuntu 8.04beta native - 3125 ppd - WOOT! Finally broke the 3000 barrier.
From what I understand of the way virtual machines work, it makes sense that the native version runs faster. Kernel on top of Linux versus Kernel, Linux, VMware on top of Vista. VMware has to take the output from Linux and make it appear on the Vista-based screen. That's why I tried it. I could be totally wrong though.
Couldn't you just run 2 instances of FAH out of different directories?
And are you sure the SMP kernel only recognizes 2 cores? I thought that was a VMware limitation. And that's why you have to run 2 virtual machines on a quad.