Topic: Newbie partitioning XP HD for openSUSE 10.2 install
I am completly new to partitioning, Linux, GParted, but am determined to wean myself off Microsoft. This is where I am: 60GB HD 100% formatted for OEM and XP on HP laptop. About 40GB "free space" (not really because right now MS owns it). Home burned openSUSE10.2 DVD.ISO. C: imaged to USB HD (for backup).
As I understand it, I should burn the GParted CD, boot from it, and select my partition space. This should liberate my "free space" to provide a home for Linux install while preserving my XP data, files etc. (how'm I doin' so far?).
My Questions: How much space should I allocate to install, run, and grow my Linux OS? What is dual booting, if I partition with GParted, will I have to boot into my Linux partition with the GParted CD, or how would this be done? I hope to shrink my XP use down considerably, will I be able to run GParted again to reduce XP partition and increase resources for Linux?
Any help, direction, guidance, and encouragement is greatly appreciated.