To get the livecd to boot, instead of pressing enter when you get to the first menu (where you choose to go into the live environment and install ubuntu), you press F6 for extra options. There you change splash into nosplash, and press enter. You could also remove quiet.
Hope that helps...
It's fairly easy -
/ (root) - 10GB (more than enough)
/home - 25GB
/data - rest (use this for storage, or if you want to use /home for storage you can skip this data partition, i just find it handier this way)
swap - 256MB should be enough.
This is exactly why I am stepping away from Windows OS'es. In linux, YOU (the user) are in control of everything. That is how an Operating System should be. You can bend the OS exactly to how you want it, and no 2 linux installations will be the same. Not to mention the genious root user...
I would recommend you start out with ubuntu to become familiar with Linux in general, and then give Arch a spin. Best and fastest user-centric distro out there imo, but much harder to set up for a linux newbie than Ubuntu.
Totally agreed - ever since I installed linux five weeks ago I can't imagine what I have missed all those years using windows - I have not looked back and I will never ever look back now. Linux is where it's at.
Swiftweasel - tweaked firefox
Swiftdove - tweaked thunderbird
MPD + ncmpc - best audio player
Openbox - great window manager
Awesome - like the name says: awesome window manager :D
Irssi - best IRC client
rTorrent - for torrents
That's the most important ones I use.