few question for a beginer

I plan to install Linux on my computer but I need to as question before I do it.

1. Can I install Linux so I when i start the computer I can chose Windows or Linux ?? and how do I do that ?

2. because I have NTFS I need Wubi but how does Wubi work ? do I need to make a CD or install Ubuntu fist and then Wubi on it ??

3.because im using a D-Link airplus G DWL-G122 USB adapter to get wireless internet I need help to get Drivers for it on Linux because I Windows finds it self but im not sure Linux does and I tryed google drivers but I can´t find any what I know hope some of u can help.

and last question what MP3 player and video player shall I install and what MSN program ?

1. Can I install Linux so I

1. Can I install Linux so I when i start the computer I can chose Windows or Linux ?? and how do I do that ?

There are two ways to do this. One would be to install via from windows. I've read somewhere that this will install Ubunto just as you would install MSOffice. With this installation a special boot menu is created at startup that allows you to select which OS to boot up. There is a drawback to this first method, since Ubuntu is installed inside windows performance is reduced.

The second way of doing this is to Install windows first. I personally split my HD in several partitions: one for programs (windows, apps, etc.), a second for my documents, then I have three additional partions set aside for Linux. Both the programs and documents partitions I format as NTFS so that I can access documents from windows. The linux partitions I format in ext3 or reiserfs, search around a bit as to which file system is better for you. I allocate around 7 GBs for the first partition with / as mount point. The second partition I allocate another 7 GB's with /home as mount point. I do this so that all the apps that are installed in linux are separate from files and documents I create under de /home directory. So that reinstalling linux does not mean I have to backup my files in /home. You can assign more or less GB's to these mount points. The third partition is for swap and there is a rule about how much space should be allocated depending on your ram. But my belief is that this general rule was established when you had systems running on 128 mb. Now-a-days a decent system should have at least 2GB. So I allocate 1.5 GB, you won't need more than that. So install windows first. Then I install Ubuntu. This way Ubuntu automatically installs the Grub boot menu and when you boot up you should see several options for Ubuntu and one for windows. End result: dual boot system.

2. because I have NTFS I need Wubi but how does Wubi work ? do I need to make a CD or install Ubuntu fist and then Wubi on it ??

I wouldn't worry about NTFS because in Ubuntu you can mount ntfs volumes with the NTFS Configuration Tool. Once in Ubuntu go to Applications >> Add/Remove and in the search box type ntfs, you should see it there. Once installed go to Applications >> System Tools.

3.because im using a D-Link airplus G DWL-G122 USB adapter to get wireless internet I need help to get Drivers for it on Linux because I Windows finds it self but im not sure Linux does and I tryed google drivers but I can´t find any what I know hope some of u can help.

You mean that you have a wireless connection on your machine and you need to install the drivers in ubuntu? For this you'll need to research a bit into the ndiswrapper. This allows you to install a windows driver for your wireless card under Ubuntu. This takes some time and tinkering. I've only managed to get this correct once. But try out the forums >> http://ubuntuforums.org

and last question what MP3 player and video player shall I install and what MSN program ?

MP3 players are many. You can try Songbird, Amarok, Rythmbox. Songbird can be downloaded from http://getsongbird.com. Download the latest release which should be in a tar.bz archive. Untar it and simply run the songbird app file. Amarok can be installed for the Add/Remove programs menu. Rythmbox is already installed.

For playing video I recommend you go to the following post in the forums: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683

Follow the steps mentioned there and you should be set.

For MSN you have several options. Recently I was looking for one that allowed offline messaging (sending and receiving) when online and off. Several apps allow this, such as: aMSN, eMeSeNe, Kopete. But I found that aMSN and eMeSeNe at least gave me some trouble when I was chatting with offline contacts. I was able to receive some of the messages but when I replied the messages were no received. I found out that Pidgin finally allows offline messaging. I had tried it before but this option had not worked. Kopete is ok but pidgin is better, the whole K-Wallet thing is messy.