well i've got around to installing Gentoo. let it be known that i'm a linux n00b, but a determined n00b. i'm trying to follow the Gentoo PPC install instructions but i've already had problems partitioning the HD. first question: i know it's easiest to install linux over OS X to you can use the Linux boot loader, but can i install Linux, then OS X. i keep seeing words like "OldWorld" boot loader & BootX? it would be alot easier to install Linux first, cause i think i just wiped my HD... just checked, my HD is gone. so much for re-installing Panther. out of curiosity, can i get my data back from my HD. i think Gentoo just made a big 80GB partition, now i get the flashing Mac face & question mark (?) when i try to boot OS X. doesn't that just overwrite the file allocation table or something? is there any easy way to get my data back? on with the partitioning problem... the instructions say to use mac-fdisk, but do you have to type anything to use it? or just type commands right away? so Gentoo needs it's swap partition, root partition, and special bootstrap partition. but i also only want all of these in total to take up 5-6GB, and leave the rest as free space to format later for OS X. can anyone help me do that? also, this is fairly urgent... i've got a pretty much useless PB here now, so i really want to get all of this out of the way. thanks heaps for any and all help. edit>> i just want to add that if anyone knows some really good LinuxPPC forums where i could get help quicker, please share some linkage. thank you. 2nd edit>> i'm having a look at the Gentoo forums, and i've worked out using fdisk now. i'm just wondering what size i should make my partitions? i've got 300MB for swap, and 2GB for /hda1. will /hda1 be used as the root partition? and how much space do i need for the 'special bootstrap partition'?