I want to try out linux on my computer....it has been nagging me for months now. I've read about CD booting linux but I'm not sure this sounds very good, does it allow writing and reading from the HD? The thing which puts me off the most is partitioning, for a start I only have an 18.6g HD with about 3-4gb remaining, so partitioning it doesn't really seem worth while, it's under the FAT32 format so would it be possible to have a dual boot sharing the same partition? If not is 3gb worth partitioning seeing as that would leave no free space for either OS? The other problem is I don't know how to partition, I'm running XP pro. Last but not least which version of linux do I use? I don't want to optimise it to my system yet or to be swamped with too many command lines and flags, I just want to see what the big differences are between it and microsoft. Any help would be greatly appreciated.