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I would also suggest about 2GB. You can get away with 800MB but if you're a newbie it's probably best if you start with a full newbie install which will probably want more disk space.
You will also need two partitions, not just one:
1 Ext2FS partition (linux partition)
1 Swap partition (like a temp folder)
I'd get partition magic, or something similar, to sort your partitions out first. Assuming you've done this, and you have:
Then you won't harm your other partitions in the slightest by installing GNU/Linux.
Now I'd suggest you go for Mandrake or RedHat, because they are made for those familiar with Windows to make the transition easier. Get either one and experiment with them until you're comfortable with them, then get eithre Slackware or Debian and install each one several times until you've got your preferred install. I say this because newbie distributions tend to be easy, but they aren't very good and they tend to confuse users about Linux. Slackware and Debian, on the other hand, are much much better and use a much cleaner layout, making you much more familiar with the workings of the OS once you've broached the subject with a newbie distro.
LILO... well, when your computer boots up it checks something called the MBR (master boot record), which is seperate to the Hard Drive, and tells the computer what OS to boot into. When you install Windows, the installer writes "boot windows" to the MBR (not in those words of course!). When you install GNU/Linux, it usually asks you to install LILO, which will write "boot windows or gnu/linux or other os'" to the MBR. Once in linux you can change what LILO will write, and then rewrite to the MBR as many times as you like, allowing you to customise a boot menu which will give the option of which OS to boot into.
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With partition magic or system commander, your existing partitions are resizable, so you can allocate more space for Linux.
For the size allocation, I'd say give Linux at least 3GB to begin with for a newbie like you.
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Though you can definitely get away with smaller, I usually shoot for about 8GB minimum for a play install. That will give you lots of breathing room and space to try out whatever you could want to install.
Seriously, if you are a linux noob, do yourself a favor and just download Ubuntu and use that http://ubuntu.com. It's free, it's easier to use (as a desktop) than any of the others and it's widely used so finding answers to issues is usually just a quick google search away.