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According to the red hat 7.1 installation guide, a workstation install with either Gnome or KDE takes 1.2GB. If you install both, it takes 1.5GB. The guide says the workstation install is best if you're wanting to try linux. It also needs some space for a swap partition. That usually is figured to be twice the size of your ram. So, I'd try the workstation install. 5GB should be enough to try it out. DO NOT install the server configuration. It could wipe out the win98. Also, the server install doesn't have the nice GUI displays.