Please excuse me because I'm very new to Linux. I have tried to install Linux before on my PowerBook but have failed miserably because I couldn't understand the whole partioning thing and for some reason I couldn't get it to work alongside Mac OS 10.3.
Anyway, I was wondering, is it possible to somehow install Linux alongside Windows? If yes, how hard is it? How do I partition the hard drive to do this? Do I only need two partitions or do I require 5 (or more) like I did when I tried to install it on my PowerBook? Are there any websites that explain all of this in really simple terms?
Also, what type of Linux would I be best installing? I've looked at Mandrake and that seems to be attractive. Would Mandrake:
1. Allow me to play AAC files and watch DVDs?
2. Print to a networked printer?
3. Protect my computer from viruses?
4. Create home DVDs and digital photos and burn them onto DVDs or CDs? Could I capture movies from the Firewire port like I do on my PowerBook?
Thanks in advance,
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