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[#] Sun Nov 29 2009 20:03:50 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The flipside of that: if your wife selects her own hardware and software, and it breaks, you *still* have to support it, so you might as well have some say in it.

When my wife got her own computer, I took a look at her requirements and determined that a Mac would serve her needs better than a Linux machine. So we got a Mac ... but it's also hooked up to our Linux network using NIS and NFS, so we don't have to worry about things like backup.

[#] Sun Nov 29 2009 23:25:25 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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That's just sensible. Actually it sounds like kind of a bummer that simply setting up a dual boot has required tons of negotiation with the wife. Seriously what's up with that. Just set her up an evaluation copy in a
Virtualbox and let her decide whether she likes it. This should not be some big ideologically driven decision, especially when the wife is involved. This just smells bad to me.

[#] Mon Nov 30 2009 07:51:07 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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unfortunately, everything is a negotiation with my wife.... its her hardware, her software, and her photo business that this affects, my computer i can give a crap less what's on it as long as i can do my gamecoding.

still, she's already done a trial with linux and loved it, much better than Win7, WinVista, or XP, or Mac... so we're switching at first chance. (probably this coming weekend)

1 more question, i know this is probably obvious too. If i already have my HDD partitioned with OS on one and data on other, can i just nuke my OS partition without disturbing the data partition? the answer is probably yes, but just checking.. would make backup easier in the short term...



[#] Mon Nov 30 2009 14:43:11 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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you usualy mount your data for example somewhere in your home directory. linux is compatible with windows disk schemes.

Just note that ntfs isn't as fast as for example ext3 / ext4, so you shouldn't have it flat inside the home, since for example firefox might become slow.



[#] Mon Nov 30 2009 23:18:10 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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(Time to rename the room to "SpouseTech" or something silly like that...)

What I've found lately is that everyone wants the netbook. Nothin' quite as comfy as sacking out on the couch with the Internet on your lap. (Yes, the *whole* Internet.)

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 04:40:16 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Mo Nov 30 2009 23:18:10 EST von IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

(Time to rename the room to "SpouseTech" or something silly like that...)


What I've found lately is that everyone wants the netbook. Nothin' quite as comfy as sacking out on the couch with the Internet on your lap. (Yes, the *whole* Internet.)

I Hope your couch (and your lap) can bear it.

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/gadgets/0,39029552,49304012,00.htm



[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 08:18:48 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Nov 30 2009 2:43pm from dothebart @uncnsrd
you usualy mount your data for example somewhere in your home
directory. linux is compatible with windows disk schemes.

Well yes and no. I hate to be a wet blanket but NTFS-3g was not quite bug free last time I looked at it.

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 08:22:53 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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so would it be safer to just back-up all pertinent data to my 2nd SATAII HDD and nuke the whole primary drive and re-partition in ext3/4 as i see fit?



[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 09:32:09 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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It doesn't matter how you partition, it only matters how you use your filesystems. I don't recommend NTFS-3g for day-to-day use in a "production" system, it's only for very occasionally copying files back and forth between your Linux installation and your Windows installation. If you're using it every day you're taking risks with your data. So the files you work with on a day to day basis in Linux should all be on some sort of ext3 partition.

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 09:36:39 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Ok, that's what i needed to know.

our "production" system only uses the 2nd partition as a backup for company files like our income statements, bank statements, photo projects, customers etc so they rarely get data transfer, maybe 2-5 files/day, 50mb being the largest transfer.

:) thanks again.



[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:11:09 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Yeah, I was using NTFS-3g and the Fedora 11 live CD to do image dumps of my 2 Windows boxes to a large external drive that was formatted NTFS. I wanted to keep it as all one big filesystem becaause I was using ArcSoft or something like that to also do partial incremental file backups... it's nice to have both some full drive images and file images. But NTFS-3g did cause some (fairly minor) filesystem corruption on one occasion. Don't remember whether I lost any files but CHKDSK had to clean up after it...

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:17:21 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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And although "one occasion" may not sound like a lot, this was out of only like 1 day of using Fedora 11. It's one data point, but it's not a very good ratio :)

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:21:03 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Not That Files Stay...

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 12:40:22 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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The most reliable way to go would be to put that data on a server, and access it from any operating system you like at any time.

[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 13:21:05 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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You beat me to that advice....

I am in the process of doing exactly that.  So which distro do you reccomend for a dedicated file server?  I am going to run it with no monitor, command line only.  I'm thinking Slackware.....



[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 15:20:13 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Di Dez 01 2009 13:21:05 EST von Harbard @ Uncensored

You beat me to that advice....

I am in the process of doing exactly that.  So which distro do you reccomend for a dedicated file server?  I am going to run it with no monitor, command line only.  I'm thinking Slackware.....



slackware is next to gentoo. If time has no value, a good choice.

If you want solid base configs, and less fiddling around , debian / ubuntu is a good choice.

If you want to edit all system configs with nice ui frames use suse/mandrake

If you want to do all the configs by hand, use fedora.



[#] Tue Dec 01 2009 22:58:31 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Everyone's going to have a different answer to the "what distro" question.
What I can tell you is that the "go-to Linux" in our data center is CentOS.
It's more stable than Fedora, looks and quacks like Red Hat, and is exceptionally reliable.

Oh, and ... you're soaking in it. :)

[#] Wed Dec 02 2009 16:27:52 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Dec 1 2009 12:40pm from IGnatius T Foobar @uncnsrd
The most reliable way to go would be to put that data on a server, and

access it from any operating system you like at any time.

Not very space efficient unless I were to buy one of those fancy schmancy fileserver + wireless router gadgets. I think I'll either just stick with the Fedora 11 "backup" solution and pray the Linux kernel doesn't crash on me again like it did last time... or else just use the windows 7 image backup (which would require me to upgrade the laptop but the pc is already on 7.)

[#] Wed Dec 02 2009 18:00:38 EST from skpacman @ Uncensored

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Wed Dec 02 2009 04:27:52 PM EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored
windows 7 image backup


heh... good luck with that.



[#] Wed Dec 02 2009 18:03:59 EST from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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O?

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