Yes, that's Howard yelling Uncle!
Perhaps, the time has come to multiboot Linux.
It's been about 9 years since I (ab)used Unix.
Never used Linux.
But there are oh so many from which to choose.
And then there's the question of which books are worth getting.
I have some old Unix books lying around,
Unix for VMS Users by Philip Bourne (ISBN 1-55558-034-3)
Unix for the Impatient by Paul Abrahams and Bruce Larson (ISBN 0-201-55703-7)
Both books are quite old, and there may be better stuff available now, and more Linux oriented.
My immediate needs are quite narrow.
I may wish to help with GnuCash.
Currently, I have a heavily loaded multiboot Windows 2000 system, and no entirely free partitions. Do I need an entirely free partition?
1. How much space would be required by Linux and the essential programs such as Firefox, Thunderbird, GCC and associated programs? I would back up by using an image based program in Windows. In this case, True Image 9.
2. When I get a Vista system, there will be lots more disk space. Are there any issues with multibooting Linux and Vista?
Is there a summary somewhere of the differences/benefits of the main Linux alternatives? Which are free?
I have no interest in running Windows software from within Linux.