Let me say at the outset that my total experience with Linux has been limited to Mandrake 7.1.All I can do for you,is recount how I did my installation.
1. From Win98,I did a hdd scan with Norton DiskDoctor(you can do the same w/scandisk).
2. I then ran Speedisk(a defrag utility)
3. I used PartitionMagic 5 to set up an ext2 and swap partition.PM will prompt you to make a linux swap file and,depending on the amount of ram you have,suggest the proper size of the swap partition.
4. I used DriveImage to make backup cd-rs of all my windows partitions,just in case.
5.Before installation,I checked all my hardware against the Mandrake Hardware Compatibility List.Go into Win98 Device Manager>highlight computer>click print and get a system summary.
6. After checking h/w I restarted the computer and went into setup and verified that my cd-rom was the first boot device and,most importantly,that Plug N Play was disabled.I exited setup,saving the changes,rebooted the computer with the Linux installation cd in the cd-rom.
7. I chose to do an automatic install and besides being asked to choose a language,a keyboard ,at the end (and this is IMPORTANT!),you must designate where to install the bootloader:install it on MBR.
Everything on my system worked and Xwindows configured itself pretty well considering the Voodoo card is iffy on any O/S. You'll want to get the dns names and mail and news server names from your ISP in order to configure kppp so you can go online but there is a good doc called the "kppp handbook" that will help alot in setting up your internet.
Hope that this helps and Im sure if I've forgotten anything, the mods and gurus on this board will say so.
[Edited by lynch on 11-05-2000 at 05:27 PM]