I've tried out a few Linux(and FreeBSD) distro's through M$ Virtual PC on Windows, to narrow it down to maybe two or three that I want to install on my hard drive. To see how many I need to narrow it down to(and to decide whether or not to make two Windows partitions-one for the system stuff and one for my data), I'm wondering if its possible to boot Linux off of a extended partition. Also, I'm wondering if its possible(and how easy it is) to share a swap partition between multiple Linux installations, and if that swap partition could itself be an extended partition. Oh, also about swap partitions, I have a gig of ram, do I need to have a swap partition? Thanks in advance.