Dont be afraid of 'ubuntu'!
I'ts a fantastic OS! I recently upgraded from 'Breezy' to 'Dapper'
and it's even FASTER!
I'm not sure about a "book" on ubuntu, but your help icon on the panel can pretty much tell you all you will ever need to know!
And 'ubuntu forums' is just as good!
As for mounting your 'fat32' partition.
Very simple! you can go here:
or just read on:
open a terminal and type:
sudo fdisk -l
this will show you all of your partitions, even if they are not mounted.
sudo mkdir /windows
This creates a folder named 'windows' in your filesystem that you will be able to go to in order to access your 'NTFS' partition.
You can do the same thing for your 'fat32' (name it something else of course) ACCEPT; you will not be able to write to your 'NTFS' partition. only your 'fat32'
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab_backup
This creates a backup of your fstab in case you goof!
sudo nano /etc/fstab
OR sudo gedit /etc/fstab
This will pull up your fstab in order to edit. I personally like 'gedit' for this.
Next add this to your fstab:
/dev/hda1 /windows ntfs nls=utf8,umask=0222 0 0
/dev/hdb1 /"your name" vfat iocharset=utf8,umask=000 0 0
"your name" would be replaced with whatever you named your 'fat32' folder.
Now save your changes and close your 'fstab' and type:
sudo mount -a
Now you should have access to your 'windows' and 'fat32' partitions!
Good Luck and Have Fun!