Win XP and Linux dual OS, please help
Hey guys, I am a total noob when it comes to this, but I figured that this would be the best place to ask. I am getting a new computer, and want to fix some of my previous problems (namely a ton of adware and virus's (I know of ad-aware, but they always keep coming back), anyway, I am planning on using a partition to get both Win XP and Linux, I just have some questions.
1. Could I technically use Linux for web surfing, email, etc, and just switch back to Win XP at my whim (by rebooting I know), for my applications and games? I know of wineX, but its not 100% gaurentee, so I would like to keep XP.
2. Which is the most user friendly of FREE linux? I was looking at Suse, but I wasn't sure if that was free. Mandrake and RedHat 9 also look tempting.
3. Would surfing the net and opening email in linux effectively stop most virus's, as they are not for the linux os? Or would they jump right over to XP?
4. The computer will come loaded with XP, do I just install linux on top of that? I am assuming it would give me a choice to partition part of the hardrive for a second os? And I would think 20GB out of a 120GB hardrive would be enough, seeing as it will have no huge applications or games on it, so maybe I should go smaller?
Thanks in advance for all your help, I know I will get it in spades.