installing debian i386 on inspiron 5100 laptop

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http://www.linuxquestions.org – I have this old laptop from '03 that I've decided to use for learning Linux. The catch to this is I'm not really sure what I'm doing. The computer has windows xp home edition on it now and I don't really care about keeping that os on the computer (it doesn't run very well at all). There's nothing on the computer i want to save. I would like to install debian, preferably from a cd or usb. Can anyone point me in the right direction? The computer I use daily is a 2010 macbook pro and that is how i'm connecting to this forum (and the internet in general), if that even matters. (HowTos)