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I can't point you to a tutorial, but I can give you some basic advice. It's quite simple to intall XP and Mandrake. First install Windows XP and ideally leave some space on your hard drive for Mandrake Linux. After installing XP run the Mandrake installation and Mandrake can make use of the free space, however if you have not left any space for Mandrake, it can resize your XP partition and install in the free space left after the resize. Mandrake will also install a boot loader, LILO is the default and when you boot your system, you will have the choice to boot into either Windows or Linux. It's not very difficult to do, but I know it can seem a bit daunting if you have not done it before.
No complaints about reddazz' comment.
You should be aware that while Mandrake can read the WinXP's NTFS file system by default, Windows does not have access to the Linux partitions unless you use the ext2fs or YAReG program for that. Therefore, I make extra space on the Windows partition for music files, for instance, files I would like to be able to access from both systems. It is read-only from Mandrake, but that isn't much of a problem for this kind of file. Also, I have a couple of video games I like to keep installed - and that is also a reason to keep a fairly large Windows partition (actually, I have two: System and Storage). As for the Mandrake Linux partitions, you basically need a system partition and a swap. The swap partition follows the standard advice: Twice as much as your RAM. Personally, I use Linux for work, which for me means text documents, HTML files, PDFs and a bit of images. In short: Not something that takes up a lot of space, compared to movie files, games, music.
@ Eyeliner: I concur.
One more thing: Don't partition before the Mandrake Install. Quite a few problems have popped up with that, especially using Partition Manager. It is much better to let Mandrake's DiskDrake (it is run durng Install) take care of that.
If you want to look at the installation process, LinuxBeta recently posted screenshots of the new Mandrake Linux 10.1 Beta. The installation process is mostly the same as 10.0, some of the options on slide 6 are different, but the panel is the same.
2. Make a partition for general usage, FAT file system recommended, as writing in NTFS through Linux is DANGEROUS, i. e. you can (and most certainly will) loose your data!
3. Rest of disk left blank.
4. In Mandrake's installation let him take up the free space by auto allocation.
- Last, I believe that 1 gig of Ram makes unnecessary the usage of a Swap partition.
As Swap is used as a virtual memory module, it makes sense when someone has 128 or so
to make a somewhat big Swap partition (128 max).
Have you ever needed that much memory?
I don't think you will have any problems concerning Ram / Swap space.
For sure, Mandrake will give you a swap partition. If it is too big, make it smaller. (around 128 mb)
This is so because NTFS is property of Microsoft, and they they don't
provide anyone with info about that (go figure), so basicaly, no one is
exactly sure how it works and writing in such devices through Linux is
risky. Beware the NTFS filesystem writing support module's notice.