Is there an easy/noob way to cross format programs from Windows to Linux? I'm new to the Alt. OS thing, so I'm not even sure if I have to cross format, but it would be nice to know. I'm planing on doing a dual boot system with linux and windows xp. Possible or inplausable? I just want an OS that doesnt suck as bad as Windows does.
You can dual boot, definitely. If Windows XP is on an NTFS partition, you need to partition your drive before you install Linux as that NTFS support is a tad shoddy in Linux. Use a program like Partition Magic or if you're planning to install Linux after a fresh install of Windows, that'll work just fine.
Anyhow, have fun, I jumped into the Linux bandwagon not too long ago myself, and have had so much fun since! If you're wanting to take it easy, SuSE, Mandrake, or even Fedora (Fedora is the least of my faves, SuSE is #1, and Mandrake is #2) are great distros for the ultimate Linux freshman. If you want to use a real distro, Gentoo or Slack will do it for ya.