I'm a total linux noob, got my free ubuntu 6.06 LTS cd 2 days ago so after playing with the live cd for 2 days now i wanna install it. Heres what i have : 80 gb pata hdd, with win xp installed & all partitions are NTFS What i want : xp + ubuntu dual boot so here goes the questions : Pre-Installation : 1. how much space i should free up? 2. should i resize the partitions in windows itself by using some Disk management software or do it with ubuntu setup (at the tme of installation)? 3. i don't wanna lose my data so can anyone tell me how can i install it safely, without hasstles 4. if after the dual boot windows corrupt and i reinstall it, (i know grub will go and ubuntu will stop working) how to fix that thing? Post-Installation : 1. after installation i heard that linux just shows up command line, if thats true how can i switch to the graphical mode? 2. in live cd i was unable to mount my partitions, will that remain the same in full installation too, if not how? 3. will i be able to play mp3s 4. how can i configure my dialup modem in linux, i have got its drivers for linux and i've also got few linux apps still no clue how to install an app in linux. thanks in advance for your help, i know the reply will be a bit big but i'm sure some kind mate will help.