Ok. I'm really ready to get into Linux and all that cool stuff. I own a Dell Dimension 4300. It has no alterations on it. I run a cable modem and I have Windows XP home edition installed. I'm interested in getting a Linux system like Slackware or something like that and partioning it with my Windows. I'm not interested in Red Hat by the way. I'm a little lost once I get to the partioning part. What boot loader should I use? I need to have a safe startup because my dads work stuff is on this. So Windows needs to boot first. Is there anywhere where I can get good information on safe partioning for my computer? Thanks for your help guys!