in efforts of trying to avoid needing a dvd decoder card to watch movies on the new drive for my wallstreet, i'm considering a dual-boot system on my 20gb ibm drive combining os 9 and debian 4.0. i want debain since i know it can run vlc player which has the mpeg2 codecs built in. i need to test this on my old 4gb drive first to see if debian runs fast enough for dvd playback first, but i was considering it as just a bare-bones system for media use.
i read up on the debian guide on installing from the hard drive using bootx. does this install allow me to put debian on the same partition as os 9? i can back up everything to cd, but having to back up, partition, install both systems, and then recover my files would be a pain. i'd prefer just to do it on one partition (and no i never want to use os x on the wallstreet ever again). ideas?