Ok, I'm a total newb here, and I'm sure there are obvious answers to these questions with a little research, but alas, I'm lazy. So I have an AMD64 notebook that I just bought and have had for about a month. Running windows XP, of course. But i'm thinking linux will be more efficient, it looks nicer and will take advantage of the 64-bit processor. I use the thing mainly as a toy, a portable media center. And I play a few games, rarely. Which Linux distro will be best for me?? The Mandrake looks really nice, but there's so many, so I'm not really sure. Also, I want to make sure everything is running nicely before I remove Windows and run solely via Linux, so I guess I need to install Linux on a partition.... Is it easy to do this and then completely remove Windows later on? I'm a little scared of messing something up, so I don't want to completely dive into it just yet... Is there any online guides to installing onto a partition and then removing windows later? Thanks.