So the first question is: what database software? If you just want to work with SQL and play around with DB concepts, go download something like mysql (http://www.mysql.com
). It will run on windows, even 98SE.
As far as dual booting goes, not a problem. What you have to do depends on how your machine is set up. My suggestion would be go pick up a 20 or 30GB drive (or whatever you can get cheap). And install your favorite linux distro on it. For the really timid you can create a floppy boot disk that will boot the linux drive. Or you can let it install the bootloader and make life a little easier.
The other option, since you mentioned you had a spare machine around is to install linux on it. A P75 is quite sufficient for learning purposes, especially if you have sufficient RAM in it.
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