XP Alternative?

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Captain_Crunch, Apr 17, 2004.

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  1. Kunax Sciforums:Reality not required Registered Senior Member

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    hehe i like to see that, imo 1 of linux strengts and weakness is the lack of a standard cross distros
     
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  3. Bachus Registered Senior Member

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    It's a weakness really


    I spend some time trying to find the damned ports collection on a friends machine. He wasn't running bsd though so there were no ports

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    On the other hand, if all was the same there would be no need for different distro's.
     
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  5. Captain_Crunch Club Ninja Valued Senior Member

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    If I have two drives, a 40GB and a 160GB, do I still need to fiddle with the drive partitioning?
     
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  7. Bachus Registered Senior Member

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    Yes


    Divide up the 40GB, send me the 160GB

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    or use on off the disks for linux
     
  8. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    yes. if you want to give linux less space than 40gb, let's say just 10gb
     
  9. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    btw- take notice that Linux can not write in NTFS partition. it can only read it. but it can read/write/delete in FAT partition
     
  10. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    Also note that sometimes Linux 'might' complain about the size of the drive if it's in a different format to what it wants. (Although its only as much complaining as Microsofts OS use to do to)
     
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  12. Electric Jaguar Registered Senior Member

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    Yes it can. NTFS write support is still experimental, though. (I think; did 2.6 change this?)
     
  13. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    I have 2.6 . if there is such a support then it has to be enabled somewhere deep in the os
     
  14. Electric Jaguar Registered Senior Member

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    It's a kernel compilation option: make menuconfig is my preferred form of kernel configuration (well, it was: I use XP), somewhere under filesystem support
     
  15. Xerxes asdfghjkl Valued Senior Member

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    Mandrake comes with a great disk partitioning wizard known as 'DiskDrake'. If I were you, I'd make two or three linux partitions (ReiserFS) and put mandrake on the biggest one, (which should also be the first linux partition after the windows one...not counting swap.) On the other two, experiment with the different flavours like slackware or Arch.

    I have about 4 'experiments' running on my 80gb drive.
     
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