I have been wanting to get away from windows for a long while now but I didn't have the commitment to change from what had become home. I must say that finding replacement programs for some of my most beloved friends, Macromedia Fireworks and Mathematica, just to name a few.
So I chose to dual boot my system, which actually turned out to be easier than I tried to make it.
On the subject of partitions:
One can use the nice partition manager that comes with the Fedora 16 live cd to resize other partitions. When a NTFS partition containing Windows is resized, Windows will refuse to boot before a chkdsk has run.
On the subject of Boot Loaders:
One can choose to put the linux grub in place of the windows boot loader, or just use the windows boot loader. I couldn't figure out how to add the option to boot windows to grub, so I went with using the windows one. I then preceded to use easybcd to add an entry for my new fedora installation (from windows).
On the subject of Display Brightness:
For some reason my fn+f2 and fn+f3 keys weren't able to change the brightness of my display (I am on a laptop). After much searching, I was sure that there wasn't a good solution. Which was really disappointing, so I decided to go onto the #fedora channel on freenode and see if any living beings would be able to help. Luckily for me, I learned that a bug in bash, a simple yum downgrade bash solved my problem.
Overall I am very impressed with how far linux GUI's have come in the past 3 years. I think that Gnome 3.0 is something even my computer illiterate parents could get to love.