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1: Linux can use its own bootloader, and usually does. When installing Linux, you will be given the opportunity of opting out of installing it, but editing the NT loader (which is what W2k uses) can be more finicky than the Linux loaders. If you could be more specific about what you mean, that'd help.
2. This depends on how much you have available and what you want to do! The old advice for your Swap was to take the amount of physical RAM present and have a swap partition at least 2x the size. These days this is not necessary. I have given around 10+Gb over to Linux alone... you can only really judge through trial and error.
3. So long as your Windows partitions are defragged before installing, you do not need to use another program - DiskDrake (for Mandy), Disk Druid (for RH) and presumably a subpart of Sax for Suse should be more than capable of sorting things out for you.
Thanx for the reply. In #1 I just meant if I could have both LILO (or a counterpart for SuSE) in the same MBR as win2k loader without having too much trouble booting both systems. Now the question would be: would it be necessary to have both loaders? (I mean, if that's really possible). If not from what you just wrote I'd guess I'll have to use LILO... or something like it instead of NT's loader. Anyway, thanx for the help.
Yeah, it is possible. Basically, Windows takes over all bootable parts... the MBR and the 'boot sector' of its main partition (C: normally). This is quite handy. If you install Linux and have LiLo in the MBR, you only need to specify which partition to boot from in the Windows option. As an example, my lilo.conf: