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1) Should I choose KDE or Gnome?
2) I've got an 80Gb hard drive, how big should my LINUX partition be if I will be using both Win and Linux? Any hints on partitioning the whole drive (i.e. how much for win, how much for linux, how much for files,...)
3) If I partitioned the drive in Windows with Partition Magic and created a Linux partition and a Linux swap, can I skip the partitioning step of the Linux install process.
4) Should I choose the server option since it would be nice to have my desktop act as a server running Red Hat since that's what my web host does... or is this too insecure.
2) Like everyone else said.
3) I like having /home in a different partition, this way I could reinstall a new distro without having to worry about my work being lost or reinstalling the apps in my home directory.
4 Yeah, sure install them, you could always shut them off.
Guarddog [simonzone.com] is an easy way to set up iptables if you are concerned.
None for me. But you may not like it's minimalist nature. If you like the MS style taskbar or need the ability to drag and drop programs into your menu or taskbar shortcuts then you probably would prefer Gnome or KDE.
If you want graphical desktop icons you have to use an outside program like DFM. I use to do that, but then found myself never using them. Instead I just created a shortcut sub-menu of the programs I use all the time at the top of the menu tree. I found it much more efficient than hunting around for the right graphic to click on.