[CentOS] How to properly install W*nd*ws XP along with CentOS?

Thu Apr 14 09:39:00 UTC 2005
Olaf Greve <o.greve at axis.nl>


I find myself in the lucky position to receive a new desktop machine 
tomorrow. :)

Now, for quite a while I've been wanting to make a switch to any Unix 
based system for my normal work environment (= Web development), but I 
will still need to test my work on Windows as well.

Now.... As tomorrow I will install a fresh new machine (with a 40GB HD), 
I'd like to do the following:
-Install CentOS as primary OS on a 30GB partition.
-Install W*nd*ws XP as secondary system on a 10GB partition.
-Plug in my current secondary NTFS drive for storing additional W*nd*ws 

What I'm uncertain about, is the proper way to do this, and the order in 
which to install both OSes.

Can anyone give me an answer to the following?
-Which OS can best be installed first, CentOS or XP?
-Are there special actions required to enable proper dual booting?
-Which boot manager can be used best CentOS' one or XP's one?
-Can CentOS read (and perhaps also write?) from the NTFS partitions?
-Hypothetically: would installing VMWare and installing XP in that give 
me pretty much 100% XP compatibility for at the very least the various 
web browsers such as IE, and also for XP Office?

Thanks a lot in advance!