In the December edition of Linux Gazette, Edgar Howell's _third_ experience installing Knoppix on an 8-year-old notebook.
Read it here
Since this machine had been in use at one time, the partitioning was irrelevant and so it was time to re-partition. And because it has far too little memory for current software, I gave it a swap partition of 256 MB. The remainder of the 4 GB was available for Knoppix. All this, of course, happened after a successful boot from the Knoppix 5.0 CD.