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I have a 80G hard dive. I wanted 15G for each system include mbr 40G for files using NTFS "I know linux has problems with it." or samba. Then leave 10G unalocated.
Any help would be greatful.
Were you using the NTFS partitions?
I think the answer is 'no' - probably FAT32.
I installed Linux immediately after a reformat and re-install of XP, can't remember exactly, but pretty sure it was FAT32.
Sorry to be vague, it was one of those 3.00 am installs.
After a couple of weeks of dual boot, I reformatted again and did a pure Linux install.
Downside is that things do run slower - but usable on my 800mhz Athlon.
The 'upside' is that when windows crashes it doesn't take Linux with it, and you can reboot it again within 10 seconds.
There are few free options such as Wine and Bochs, which we covered in a little more detail here [webmasterworld.com]