I'm about to install Linux for the first time on a laptop after I've ordered a new desktop. This laptop is kind of dispensable and I've never tried Linux in the many years I've been using a PC, so I figure it's about that time! After looking into things, I've decided that Ubuntu is my best choice.
Currently I'm on an XP system that is loaded with stuff. When my live CD comes in, it gives me the option to completely partition/reformat my system so that everything is removed off of it prior to installing Ubuntu?