I've been wanting to install Linux for quite some time now. So I went ahead and downloaded Linux Mandrake 8.2. There were 3 iso images so I got them all and made the first one into a bootable CD. I have a 20 gig partitioned in two 10 gig. I'm very familiar with all my hardware so I'm ready to go. I changed my bios to allow to to boot from the cd and it did no prob. The linux install began and I don't quite understand why its trying to make another partition in the extended partition that already exists. Does it need a whole partition for itself in the extended partition or does it install itself in a folder? Can I dual boot with win98SE and Linux and does Linux install the boot manager or do I have to install my own? I have a pretty high performance system already and am real anxious to see what I can do in Linux.
Linux usually likes at least 2 partitions, if not more. 1 for swap (paging/virtual mememory), and one for everything else. The easiest way is just to make free space on your hd - you can tell the installer to leave the windows partition alone, but use the rest of the disk as it sees fit.
And yes, you can dual boot. Linux will install it's own boot manager, which is usually "grub" these days. See previous posts for how-to's and links. The instller should be smart enough to set this up properly by itself.