I've just ordered a new computer which will come with windows XP on a 80 GB hard drive. I would like to set up a dual boot system and install Mandrake 8.1 next to XP. The thing is, I have never even seen Linux so I've surfed around to get some information on how to do this... and I have a couple of basic questions.
1. What's the best/easiest way to set up the partitions? Some people write one should use Partition Magic, but I saw a tutorial on Mandrake's site where it seems like the installation program does everything for you, i. e. shrink the Windows partition and create the linux partitions. What would you recommend?
2. With 512 MB RAM how big should the SWAP partition be?
3. Is it true that with Mandrake 8.1 I don't need to bother about the 1024 cylinder problem ?
4. Is the Sam's book on Mandrake any good?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this!