Wow, 4 gig for a Linux install - that's pretty big
syg00, I see what you mean about not having room for two or three distros on the same bit of space at the end of my hard drive but it's reassuring to know that multiple Linux installations can use the same swap file.
OK, I'll put a different slant on the question.
If I create a 5 Gig partition for a Linux distro and a 500Mb partition for swap, how do I 'sample' one distro then replace it with another? I know from fruitless hours spent re-installing Win ME that the only way to do a fully clean install of Windows is to zero fill the hard drive first. Is this necessary using Linux or can you just install one distro straight over the top of another?
I've also seen advice to create individual user and backup partitions to keep those files intact and separate from the main installation - is that a sensible thing to do?
I apologise for so many questions but I'm not one for leaping before I look .... very carefully