I just ordered a asus 1000he netbook (after returning the not so great acer aspire one) and I will be starting college for computer sciences this summer. Since i am finally getting back into the computer field I am wanting to get know linux. I hear Ubuntu is a great starter to work with. Though I am wanting to jump the gun and have something that is nice and allows me to really get to know linux. Pretty much jump in and start messing around. I am trying to find a good tutorial to use a dual boot on it that is aimed toward netbook installs. As I'm sure you all have heard this netbook only comes with xp and i've never done a dual boot b4. I tried looking for tutorials but they aim more at desktops than netbooks so i am hoping to find some help here and more help later on when i become more familiar with it. So any suggestion to a noob would be great. key factors. Also I really am only use to xp right now and and do want to keep both OS to make sure i can get my school work done. I'm pretty sure a teacher will eventually make me do a powerpoint so hehehe i would need windows i guess. But key factors i need help with follows
1) whats the best linux software to use for a noob like myelf
2) whats a good tutorial for doing a dual booting, has anyone done it for an asus 1000he and if you could walk through it with me I will worship you and make a statue in your honor! (not really but nice sentiment
3) what are some good programs i should look into and books I should read.
oh and i've heard rumors that xp netbooks won't handle a 2 gb ram upgrade is that true?????