Having looked into it a wee bit now I reckon i may go for Knoppix, which apparently runs from CD rather than install, until i get used to it(Linux). Have you used or do you know anything about this? Do you reckon its a good way to go about it?
Any of the "Live" CD's are a good idea for introducing Linux to the newcomer.
As for partitioning,most modern distros will allow you to basicaly point&click to install alongside your present OS.The 1st job once a distro is installed is digging around in linux for the relevant bit to swap the listed OS's around,as linux nearly always sets itself as 1st on the list for booting.
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