Dual booting, Slackware and Compaq Mini702EA netbook
I have a few questions to which I'm hoping I may find some answers here. I've recently bought a Compaq Mini702EA which comes with XP SP3 but I would really like to get more hands on experience with Linux and was considering using Slackware. The system has a 1.6Ghz processor, 60Gb HD (not a SSD) and 1Gb RAM so from what I've read Slackware should be fine.
So my questions are what experiences have others had with netbooks and Slackware and whether they've also ran XP alongside? Will Slackware read files on the NTFS partition? Do I need to partition the drive first or will Slackware do this during the installation?
Not sure whether I've bitten off more than I can chew as I am very new to Linux but I don't mind trying something new and learning more.
Many thanks in advance for any help/advice,