I'm new to this forum but i'm using linux (ubuntu) for a year now. My Dell N5050 laptop is currently a dual-boot with win 7 and ubuntu 12.4. I want to migrate to slackware (initially i could not make mind to install slackware for the dual boot.) I want to retain ubuntu a while before completely switching to slackware. I want to use 50GB of current linux space for the slackware. Only thing I want is not to mess with my current two OSes and a miscellaneous data partition in the process.
1. I plan to reduce the linux partition and use the available space for slackware. Do I need to divide the available space into three partitions for /, /home, and /usr?
2. I have not installed slackware before although i have installed ubuntu and vector linux using ISO. Is any special care to be taken while installing slackware? What should I do while installing slackware so that my current bootloader (GRUB) will be retained and would identify slackware on its own?
3. Can I switch DEs in slackware, as I do on ubuntu (occasionally using xfce)?
4. When I tried vector linux on a live usb, I was unable to get internet working because I dont know how to configure it (I'm using tata photon) on WICD. Can I install the same network manager I use on ubuntu (it is GNOME network manager, I think) on slackware?
5. As I'm installing slackware as a noob, what type of install should it be(full or newbie)? Is the difference in installs or the process of installation?
Thanks in anticipation for help you would surely provide.