As you can see I'm new both to Linux and these forums.
I'm a veteran DOS/Windows user and woud like to install Linux on my machine - I'm curious by nature. I'm also very cautious and I'm sure you'll add valuable input to this thread in order to help me to get Linux installed.
Allright, I'm willing to install Mandrake. My Windows partition (FAT32) uses my entire HD (70Gb).
*The Windows disk must not be touched in any way. I certainly don't want to get rid of Windows nor I'd like to play with partition managers. I know problems are rare - but I won't challenge Murphy's law. I like and need my Windows system and want to keep it functioning. I'd backup my important data, but if something were to go wrong, I'd have to reinstall the entire system - which is something I obvioulsy want to avoid, plus I really don't have the time to (I need Windows every day..!). So, I'd like to install my Linux partitions on a spare 20Gb disk. Inquiry : is it of any particular difficulty?
*As I'll mostly use Windows, I'd like LILO (or grub) to automatically boot into Windows without asking me anything. Inquiry : is it possible to auto-boot into a system which is not Linux with on of these utilities, and if so, how do I do that?
*At last, what's the size of your own partitions (root, swap, usr,...)?
Thank you all for your help
And...I'm aware these topics might be covered in a few other threads...but I wanted everything in one piece - hope you don't mind.