I've been wanting to get a machine going to run linux for a while. I've read most of the threads around here about it but still unclear about some things. For those that saw my other thread last week, i pulled together a computer from a couple old ones. My main use for it is going to be to store my music and videos, because i'm tired of having my laptop hd full all the time, and i really only need 10 maybe 20 gigs of music on it. the desktop i put together is an Athlon 1800 w/ 512 ram, onboard 32mb graphics and a 250gb hd that should arrive in the mail this week. So like i said i mainly want it for data storage, and to learn my way around the o/s, but i was also wondering about dual booting so i can have AutoCAD and ArchiCAD on it, along w/ some other programs. Do i have to run a separate hd, or can it just be partitioned? So for you guys that have some experience with this stuff, what versions of linux should i check out that would be easy for a beginner and would work for what i need?