So I installed Ubuntu 9.1 on a hard drive and verified that it mostly works... internet was like molasses but whatever. I mostly want it for GIMP anyway.
I want to put XP on the same HD and dual boot... my main OS is Windows 7 but that's on a different drive and I'll swap em.
My impression is the easiest and best way is to install XP FIRST then install Ubuntu... is that right? I don't mind the extra work if that's the best route. I have an old copy of system commander or something around here if 3rd party is best.... but my impression is that I don't really need to get into hiding partitions or anything, especially since these are not the primary OS.