Let's see - on mine I I have Ubuntu and ArchLinux and I'm typing this from Fedora 9.
Ooops forgot OpenSolaris.
And yes, I still need Vista as well.
As easy as falling off a log. Use the Vista tools to shrink the major partition. Looks like Vista won't allow you to go below 50%, but that should do. Create a new partition for your music from Vista and copy (move) them over. Check it all works o.k. with a re-boot. Leave the rest of the space unallocated.
Get a distro (any of the top few at distrowatch.com should be o.k.), and install into that unallocated space. Let grub/lilo (the bootloader) install into the MBR - most (all) popular distros will detect Windoze and add a boot entry for it.
Edit: I would recommend getting a 64-bit distro to make best use of your hardware. All of the above work fine.
Edit2: My Fedora is a new install - might be better option for a first-time user. The wifi is handled much better than Ubuntu (almost unusable on a standard install).
Last edited by syg00; 05-26-2008 at 05:31 PM.