Re: Linux for Dummies

"Robert Newson" <ReapNewsB@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Don H wrote:

But then, I was trying to install on a notebook/laptop with only 60g
capacity. Did work, sort of, with SuSE 10.1, but gobbled up lots of
disk space and produced a flickering screen. (even after dodging ACPI).

Interesting...I've installed SUSE 10.1 on my Notebook to duel (sic) boot
with Windwos XP. The 80G hard disk has 30G[1] allocated for Windwos,
leaving 50G for SUSE 10.1. Of that 50G, around 38G (about 75% or 3/4) is
free and available AFTER installing a LOT of stuff.

[1] of that 30G a 2G partition is formatted with vfat to allow data
from Linux to Windwos; the other 28G is formatted with NTFS.

I have also installed SUSE 10.1 on a computer with a 850M (that's MEG, not
GIG) hard disk - that currently has around 20% (143M) free[2]. Admittedly
it doesn't have X, or a lot of other stuff installed; it only has what is
necessary for its job.

[2] The missing space has gone into a swap partition.

In neither install do I have screen flicker.


Which latter might require initial partitioning of hard disk, but how
space to allot ? (varies with distro?), and of what type (eg. SuSE 10.1

My SUSE 10.1 uses ReiserFS by default. With regard to space to allocate,
the SUSE installer was pretty good at guessing/suggesting partition was only with the 850M drive did I have to jump in and override
its suggestion.

With regard to which fs type to use, there was a review done somewhere
looked at the various fs's available in Linux and depending upon the kind
work you're liable to do, each one had different advantages. I think
that reiserfs was better if you have lots of small files, whereas another
better for [a few] large files (eg video editing).

I'd say that the distro makers have probably chosen their default fs based
on their experiences and what they expect the majority of users will do
their distro and I would guess that as a general user, your usage would
probably fall into that pattern and so using their defaults will give you
good system.

I've used my old desktop computer, with Win98, for years; it only has
capacity, of which I've used half; but then I deal mainly in text
poems, arguments), not graphics - and it is all those pixels which
gobble up

My first Win98 install had around 30G. It has since shrunk to around 23G
my linux native needs on that duel (sic) boot machine have increased.
However, I also use those Win partitions as an archive data space for
so it's not totally wasted.

A relative of mine has a Mac computer and uses Photoshop (?) to touch
old photos. I think his disk has 200g, which is probably about right -
him store photos on his hard disk.

If you're doing photo work you need lots of storage space.

If I buy another desktop computer, I might try and load Linux, but, at
moment, WinXP on my Notebook does all I need.

Getting Win XP to play ball with duel (sic) booting is a headache. It
a bit of sneakiness on my behalf to get it to use the partitioning scheme
wanted - NOT a single root partition, especially when trying to share that
partition across my LAN (to aid transferance of data from a WIn 98
gives a warning that it's an insecure, stupid thing to do and could lead
machine compromise (or words to that effect): if they know it's a stupid
thing to do, WHY install (with no [obvious] user choice) to a SINGLE ROOT
partition? Does the left hand of MS not know what the right's doing?
now I haven't fully managed to get the Documents and Settings off the root
partition onto my preferred, data, partition - and Windwos is supposed to

# Hm, MS-Windows protecting its turf? Hadn't thought of that. Your comment
about duel (sic) booting prompted the idea; also, I now have a Warning
Message on my Notebook, every time I log on. Message says that a file -
user32.dll - has relocated in memory. "The application will not run
properly"..."The vendor supplying the DLL should be contacted for a new
But my Notebook appears to be unaffected in normal operations. Maybe only
malfunctions if I attempt to install Linux?
I know I clomp around on computers in hobnailed boots, but even I didn't
relocate the file concerned, accidentally or deliberately. This message has
only cropped up since I tried installing Linux.
External interference? Who can influence your computer?
(1) Hackers
(2) Microsoft - upgrades, like it or not.
(3) Anti-Virus protector (I have Norton on my Notebook)
(4) your ISP
Anyone else? (Wife or kids getting on when you're not about?)
Well, the message is a nuisance, but I'll ignore it if it makes no
difference to daily functioning.
If I do take my computer back to the vendor, I'll get him to strip WinXP
off, then load Linux BEFORE dual booting with Windows.
Problem solved? Maybe.