I am new to Linux and will be leaning towards the Linux distributors ("distros") to get my feet wet.
So far my readings reveal that ext3 is the most common filesystem being utilized. So I'm assuming this is the way to go.
I will be making my xp pc a multi-system boot. The drive is already formatted as NTFS which I will use a partitioning product (Partition Commander, Partition Magic) to carve out 10 gig portions for my Linux testings.
My question is do the partitioning products need to "preformat" the partitions to the distro's filesystem? In other words, if I install Red Hat's Fedora Core which uses ext3, does the partition need to already be formatted as ext3 PRIOR to installation or will the distro's package (all distros, not just Fedora) do the proper filesystem setup?