So after punching my computer and sending it to the repair place, i figure they will have to reformat it. im thinking about doing a double OS (forgot what the term is) with Win XP Media Center edition and some distro of linux. i have a couple of questions though. 1. Which linux should i use? im going to be doing a lot of video editing and using progs llike MATLAB and solidworks. i assume those 2 progs wont work on it. anyways, im new to linux. 2. can i somehow network the linux computer to my other windows xp PC's so i can share files?