So i want to install and run linux so that i can learn a bit more about it, i need some advice though, 1. what distribuition should i go with? i need to start off with something relatively easy. 2. how should i partition my drives as of now i have a SATA drive and a IDE drive installed in the computer.. Windows xp is currently running off the IDE drive as i just installed the SATA drive. Pretty soon i willl be installing windows on the sata drive, and repartition the IDE drive, im thinkiing 8gigs for linus ext3 partition 1.5gig for linux swap partition 2gigs partition for windows swap file(so that windows swap file will be on a diffferent drive and be faster, i will be using windows the most) and then use the rest of the drive for storage, maybe make a fat32 partition so i can share files between linux and windows 3. do i need a seperate "boot" partition and another one for linux to install on? i plan on installing the boot manager to the second hard drive and then copying the boot sector off of it, and making an entry into my boot.ini and let windows be my boot manager.