well i have been reading up a little on linux lately because i am interested in trying something new and maybe getting a little 1337er, and i also would like to try some 64 bit computing, considering i have the hardware and windows is shutting the computer builders like me out of the windows 64 on release, and plus they suck. Anyway i have two problems: one is that there are tons and tons of different kinds of linux i have found and i have no idea which one is best for me the home user who usually knows his way around the computer, mainly for internet lookin around(i know about mozilla and stuff)/AIM(dunno about this one linux wise)/games(pretty much resigned to using windows for those)/homework(staroffice). I most likely will not be running a server or anything. Another is that, although i have somewhere around 180gb free, all the space on my hard drives is partitioned, a result of me not foreseeing this, and i know i need a seperate partition to set up the penguin on. Is there any way to split some free space off and make a new partition? I have heard that mandrake is good for the home user, and i saw on a website a boxed 64 bit version for $15 or thereabouts. Also, would a book be helpful? I'm kind of thinking it would, but maybe just figuring stuff out on my own is better for me.