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Like DrOzz first we need to know if you want your win98 left intact? As for the linux distro, what are your needs? Like Internet, email, Gui, Are you technical, are you wanting to get your hands dirty or do you want a distro that has plenty of gui's to get the job done for you.
Try searching here or online about installing linux, it will talk about installing it along side of your windows install. And before you ask which distro you should install, that question has been asked a ton of times, search thru here and you will find which one is right for you.
What is the most popular LINUX Operating System in the World of LINUX? So that I can concentrate on that application? I need the one who can access to be server and client, supports http: ftp...pop3, like..windows XP...thanks
That question depends on who you ask. Me, I like slackware and I think it is the best. The next person may say something else. In order to find the right one for you, it will take time and you will have to try and try until you find one that suits your needs.
That kind of question is like asking which Automaker is the best out their, Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Honda, Nissan, KIA, etc...
I agree with the above posters, research: You are not the first to ask such questions
4 gigs is not a ton of space to work with...especially if you want to install and run servers as well as clients.
Linux is actually not the Operating System...it is the kernel or the brain and central nervous systems that makes the distributions work. If you can write a Bash script in Debian, it will work with DSL or Fedora Core.
I am a newbie...only really diving into Linux the last couple of weeks. I have never done so much reading/so much experimenting. I have been at the "I HATE THIS ISSUE! HOW THE HECK DO I FIGURE THIS OUT?! to the "OH COOL, I JUST FIGURED IT OUT...ITS SO SIMPLE!!!" stages, and for me there are many many more to come. Linux is simple in its complexity. Patience, Curiosity Determination must be your bedfellows to understand the nature of Linux.
With all that said, there remains the all important question:
If you know what job you want to do, then you will know what tools you need.
You may start with Knoppix which is a live CD. It will run only on the CD, which is the safest way to get feet wet. Next is DSL which will take up little room when you install. The rest is up to you to discover.
When you start your 'voyage' add to this thread.
By the way In my Office...i have 40g hard disk NTFS partition...there is XP installed on it. Is it possible to install LINUX without disturbing my XP. I have only one partition. C: only no extended partition. What is your advice guys?
You can, I remember reading that one of these live cd's comes with a program that is like partition magic. However anytime you go resizing you hardddrive there always remains the chance of something going wrong. If that is the drive you are going to install linux on I would really consider looking into backing up all your files from xp that are of importance to you.