I agree totally with the recommendation. I wanted to add one small thing about that 8G limit thing, in caseothers have the same concerns and read your post.
That limit had to do with old versions of LILO (really old) and older computers, as in Pentium 1 boards - the socket 7 variety, not the Super socket 7's. It was a limitation of the BIOS at the time (which is why LILO had the limitation, I bet - it was programmed for the hardware at the time). If your pentium board could handle the dual-voltage processors, like the MMX intels or the AMD K6-2's, you could probably "see" hard drives as big as 36GB.
Woody was my first successful Linux install (had Windowmaker, KDE 1.4, and Gnome 2.0 to choose from for GUI on my box) and that limit wasn't there at that time.