New to Linux - need help!!

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Okay I got FC4 and I like it, well love to be honest!

However upon booting up it goes though tonnes of stages and takes up some time ... can this be reduced

I have a crossover cable and on my other PC, WINXP PRO now I was thinking could I connect them both together and use the internet on Linux insted on playing with Open Office? :)

Can someone tell me the steps to go thought, remember, I am new at it. ;)