Having tried the 'run from CD' Linux distro Knoppix I would like to try a 'proper' Linux.
On one of this month's computer mag purchases is a SUSE distro together with installation instuctions including the following:
"If you're starting with a blank hard disk, YaST will allocate space for itself without any difficulty. If you already have Windows installed on your PC, the story is a little different. YaST gives you the option to either delete Windows, or shrink its partition. The latter option will reduce the amount of disk space that's available to Windows, and create an area for Linux. YaST's default Shrink setting worked well for us, so we'd advise leaving it on its own to organise the cohabitation of SuSE and Windows on your hard disk. When you've finished the installation process and rebooted your machine, SuSE Linux will begin loading"
Does this mean that I will not be able to boot from XP without removing SUSE or is some sort of dual boot option installed by YaST ?
When you install Suse - it makes a series of standard assumptions from which you can amend. One of the headings will be 'booting' options - the default selection for this is to set up a bootloader (called Grub). You need to click on this option and press the edit option for the 'boot loader location' and select the floppy disc (fdo in Linux langage).
The end result should then be if you start your p/c normally it will load Windows - if you want to load Suse just start your p/c with the floppy disc in the drive.