Advice for trying Linux on old system
I have an old Win98 system that I don't use much. I'm thinking about using it as a Linux playground. I'm looking for advice about the best (easiest) strategy for doing this. I don't want to completely remove Win98 just yet (at least not until I am certain that Linux works on the system and that I'm comfortable with it).
It is a Compaq Presario 5221 with 64MB RAM. Installing more RAM is an option I'd consider--but I'd like to see how I like Linux before I spend money on memory for a doomed system). It has a 6 GB HD with about 3.5 GB free space (though probably more if I unistalled stuff I don't use anymore). It also has a floppy drive (actually an LS-120 SuperDrive) and CD drive.
Ideally, I'd like to try Linux from a bootable CD first, before I go mucking about with partitions and stuff. However, from what I can tell, this system does not seem to allow booting directly from CD. Is there a way to use a floppy disk to begin the startup and then switch to CD?
If that's not possible, any recommendations for distributions that I can install relatively easily on the HD without wiping out Win98?