Originally Posted by jagguy
Ok I downloaded gparted iso.
Now i need to download linux. To do this what is more popular these days Suse or Redhat? and can i downlaod either for free?
Well why limit yourself ?
Personally, I'd suggest 3 partitons. One for the / (a.k.a. root), one for swap and one for /home. The seperate /home has the advantage, that because you're new to linux, you can start doing stuff i.e. setting up address books for emai, customistation, bookmark lists etc etc (you know, the normal stuff we often do without thinking), but if you get adventurous and want to try a different distro, as long as you don't touch the /home during install of a different distro (formating the partition etc etc.) then as long as the installer for the new distro see's the partition, it invariably "just works".
As for which distro ? Well if you're familiar with windows, then I would suggest one that uses the KDE graphical frontend. Not because it's necessarily better or worse than gnome, but because it feels a little more "windows like" and less different (which I personally prefer, because thats what I "cut my teeth" with). So if you wanted to go with whats popular, either Ubuntu, but then installing the KDE desktop or just go for Kubuntu (which is Ubuntu with the KDE already installed/configured).
Being part of the *buntu world, theres a mountain of assistance/help/guidance etc already available for it.
Oh and if it were my system with say 60 gig's available, then I'd make the / partition 15 to 20 gigs, the /swap 2x the installed RAM (thats from the traditional linux wisdom when 64 megs of RAM was a lot, unlike what people tend to have installed these days - my /swap is 1.5 gigs, with is roughly 2x the 768 megs of RAM I have installed) and the rest for the /home. That would allow me enough space to play with installing just about all the linux apps I might ever want to use in the /, while having plenty of space for user type stuff (music etc etc) in the /home.
Oh and with the gparted, I would suggest at very least, formatting the partitions as ext3 (you'd have to google for explainations of the pro's and cons of other file systems).
If you think it's likely that you'll want/need to have a facility to be able to write stuff to files in both OS, then it might be prudent to have a seperate partition thats formatted as FAT32, neither OS has a problem writing files in that file system - whereas, there are still some issues about linux writing files in NTFS.