first time poster here. i have a new dell inspiron 17R laptop and am trying to install ubuntu. at present i am booted from the installer on a USB thumb drive and actually running just fine. the laptop shipped with win7 preinstalled. i have not run through the initial setup routines; i couldn't abide the MSFT EULA and 'crashed' the system without accepting them. i then booted from the USB thumb drive into 12.04.1 LTS and am working in the partitioning tools. for now i want to leave the windows partitions intact in the event i ever need them for anything and i would like to be able to poke around the pre-installed apps using WINE once i'm up and running.
i'm including screenshots of the map as reported by the ubuntu installer partition tool and gparted. shouldn't i be able to simply shrink the sda3 and then create a new one for linux to use? if i do shrink it, best guesses as to how much to leave allocated? any opinions on whether i should use gparted or ...?
its notable that when i view the partition map from the ubuntu installer partition tool the sizes are not the same as what gparted reports; they're all larger [sda3 is 729074 mb]. should i be concerned about that?
thanx in advance