Originally Posted by mayoman
I am new to Linux(ubuntu) and I am wondering if I can install ubuntu on my laptop when i am running Windows XP on my desk top, Will ubuntu see my home network, I am using a linksys wrt54g wireless router. Please Help. I really want to make the switch to linux..
You can certainly put them on the same network. What is it that you want to between the two machines? If you want file sharing, you need to use Samba. I don't use Ubuntu, so I don't know how it works out of the box, but some distributions will have this set up out of the box just like Windows network places, and your XP machine will show up there. Its fairly easy to configure and use.
If your router is set as a DHCP server, your laptop will get a proper IP address from the router if you configure your network settings for DHCP on the laptop.