Knoppix3.7 HD install/mulitboot options
I have a new laptop that will be primarily used by my daughter. I've installed XP for her to use for school work (and for my wife to use). I also want to be able to use Linux, but I want it to be transparent to them. I've installed Knoppix on one of our other computers and I let LILO handle the booting, but I didn't like the fact that they had to navigate a LILO screen to get XP to boot (neither did they). So I guess what I'm looking for is some confirmation that what I'm about to undertake will work the way I think it will. When all the dust settles, I want 2 conditions to be met:
1) When the laptop is booted, I want it to boot as if linux never existed (i.e - directly to XP without any bootloader screens)
2) If the laptop is booted with my usb thumbdrive (yes, it's bootable and the mobo/bios will boot from a usb thumbdrive), the bootloader will be read from the usb drive and will boot into the Knoppix install (at which point, I would assume the thumbdrive can be removed). I want to do this via a thumbdrive, because the laptop has no floppy drive.
I have the HD partitioned as follows: (from qparted)
hda1 - 40G - NTFS - winXP
hda2 - 100M - /boot partition from previous RH9 install
hda3 - 15G - formated ext3 - nothing installed (this will be were knoppix will be installed
hda4/5 - 1G - linux swap file
I want to run sudo knoppix-installer and install to hda3. I'll put the boot loader in the MBR. After installation, I'll boot with with a CDROM version of the win98 boot disk and run fdisk /mbr to rebuild my mbr to 'xp only'. I'll then boot the knoppix CD on a seperate computer (one with a floppy drive). I'll create the boot floppies and then copy the contents to my bootable USB thumbdrive. Then (hopefully), I'll be able to boot from the USB into the HD-installed knoppix distro - thereby, meeting condition #2 from above.
Will this work? or am I just dreaming? Is there a better/simpler way of doing this with the materials I have?
Okay, now, tell me what I've missed, or what I'm over-simplifying. I'm still pretty new to Linux (obviously, since I'm still using Knoppix), so plese keep you responses as simple as possible.
Thanks in advance for any input/wisdom/advice!