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If you want a stable Linux distro
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 03:43 AM EDT
Look at Debian Stable (well since they have almost got Wheezy ready for
release you could try that)
It's a little bit trickier to install on oddball hardware (binary drivers have
to be
fetched in advance) but once you get it installed it updates painlessly for
ever.

Chris B

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File systems
Authored by: ailuromancy on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 05:01 AM EDT

The short answer is ext3 for home as you require compatibility with windows, and ext4 for everything else. For more information than you can stand, go to Wakipedia's comparison of file systems.

If home is really big, or on a thoroughly thrashed SSD, you might prefer ext4 for home and use a separate vfat partition to exchange files with windows.

I recommend ext3, ext4 and vfat because they have been in use and tested extensively. Btrfs has some really shiny features, but I am too cowardly to use it for anything but experiments.

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Helpful suggestion
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 05:45 AM EDT
Partition you harddisk first and make the NTFS partition the first one (hda1).
Then install windows and when done, install anything else.
This method gives the least trouble with bootloaders, which Windows tend to
sidetrack.

Enjoy

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I like this idea
Authored by: JamesK on Friday, March 15 2013 @ 11:30 AM EDT
{
I'll keep my main home folder on a seperate partition so blowing stuff away
doesn't make me lose my docs
}

On my main computer, I keep /home on a separate drive, mounted in a removable
tray. It's hard for an OS install to clobber data it can't even access.
However, as always, it's a good idea to do a backup *BEFORE* you start.



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