I too have a Dell Dimension 8200, and am thinking of installing Linux (as dual boot with the current WinXP). I am going to get Partition Manager to resize my active Windows partition to be around 20Gig and keep the rest for Linux. Is there something else I should do? Which Linux did you use? I was thinking of using Mandrake (but not sure which version yet).
also what about hardware compatibility problems? I connect using a cable modem, wonder if that is supported in Linux.
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