Dell custom partition useful for dual boot set-up?
I am planning to buy a Dell Latitude laptop, which will have Windows XP preinstalled. Dell offers the option of custom-partitioning the disk: "20GB Primary/Rest Logical", according to their website. They clearly mean this will all be for XP. Since they offer no operating system CD, could I take advantage of this to install linux on that "Rest Logical" partition? Can I have dual boot this way, and will Linux be able to see the Windows partition (Dell installs NTFS!)
I haven't done this lots of times, but last time I had Fedora Core 3 and XP on a system, I had used the Windows CD to partition the disk, install Windows and then Linux, and that was relatively straightforward. Now this option is not available. I am just wondering if I can avoid those quirky partition compression gimmicks...