I'm on a MacBook Pro 15.4" 1.83Ghz 2GB RAM / 80GB HD. I've got a 15gb WinXP Pro SP2 virtual machine all setup that I use daily for graphic design and website design for compatibility reasons between browsers/operating systems. I want to install a Linux distro (It really doesn't matter to me, I just need a linux environment for CIS school project purposes, etc.) I've already tried Open SUSE 10.1 (DVD ISO.) First, I learned how to overcome the packages not showing up with the disconnect/reconnect trick, and then how supposedly to use expert mode and create my own partitions to avoid that error. Still no luck, Open SUSE 10.1 won't partition the drive. I tried XUbuntu (Ubuntu packaged with xfce instead of Gnome.) This would be my distro of choice as it is lighter in weight and can still run GTK 2.0 applications. This appears to partition "OK" until the install reaches 15% where it indicates "detecting filesystem," this is apparently after the partitioning, but I don't know for sure since the Ubuntu installer is pretty much absent of technical info so that lay users can easily install it. I tried Open SUSE 10.1 from the CD's, still no luck. I'm downloading regular Ubuntu right now... I'm using the latest beta of parallels, 1024MB RAM allocated to parallels, 768MB RAM allocated to each virtual machine. I'm trying to use a 8GB expanding partition for these linux distro installs. Thanks for any insight you may have.