installing linux w/ 98

I already have win98 installed on my system and I understand that if I want to install linux on the SAME HARD DRIVE that I need to get partion magic to make a lnux partion.  But if I go and buy a brand new hard drive that I want to place linux on will I have to have partion magic??  Can I just put the new hard drive in, partion it for linux and tell linux to use that one and thats it??
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yes, this is correct.
plug it in, boot up linux, install it to the second drive.
that´s it.

only thing you have to do of course is to install a boot manager. i recomand the use of the freely available "xfdisk" for this case.

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