dell, windows 98, and linux

I have a dell computer with windows 98 installed. Is it adviseable for me to install linux mandrake 6.5 os and work with a dual boot setup with no corruption to any of windows 98 files ?
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toddwAuthor Commented:
please advise me as to where to receive the best instructions /information as how to effectively install linux on a machine that is already running under windows 98. The computer has enough power and memory.

You can easely install Linux on a machine with Win98 without any corruption !

Use "loadlin" that comes with most of the Linux dists. Or you could use LILO, but this overwrites your bootsector !

"loadlin" works like this:
You copy your kernel to your Win98 partition (c:), then follow the instructions for the "loadlin" program. This program reads your kernel into the memory and boots Linux from your Win98 partition. You can run this whether you are in DOS or Windoze ...

For more generel information on how to install Linux look at this site: and follow the "Support" link.

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toddwAuthor Commented:
i think i need a full installation guide from start to finish
Right :-) And you can find that in the above link !

BTW: If this is your first atempt to install Linux, I suggest that you try RedHat 6.X instead of Mandrake. Not that Mandrake is'nt good enough, but RedHat has good installation scripts that does'nt require expert knowledge ... (maybe Mandrake has it to ... I don't know) !
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