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Trying Linux again

December 18, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

I blame Shane. I decided running 64 bit version of Ubuntu was a pain in the ass, so I blew away everything and started over. My first attempt to start over didn’t go so well: Edgy Eft didn’t recognize my mouse (an off and on problem in my Ubuntu experiences) and my network connection. So that sucked and was my first real problem installing Ubuntu. I went back to 32 bit Dapper and then upgraded to Edgy, which seems to work well. I even got the Flash 9 beta to work in Firefox (and it works quite well). My project for this evening was to make an ext2 partition for my music and videos (after discovering this) so I didn’t have to deal with Linux’s sketchy NTFS drivers anymore. Sadly, it may have been too late, as Partition Magic refuses to resize my main Windows partition. Annoyingly, Ubuntu had no problem doing so during installation and I hadn’t written anything to my NTFS partition from Ubuntu. I was warned, though, so I have no excuse. Chkdsk is ineffective; maybe defragging will help.

Of course, it’s only at 20% and it’s nearly time for me to go to bed, so I guess I’ll have to resume tomorrow. Damn.

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  1. December 19, 2006 at 10:29 am

    Ubuntu Edgy’s quality is way under par. I’ve had nothing but problems while I’ve tried it. Hopefully Feisty will have a better standard, though part of me doubts it.

    Also, I’d be very careful about (a) ext2 partitions for important data and (b) using ext2 drivers in Windows. Remember that ext2 doesn’t do journaling, which every modern filesystem (like ext3) does. The only thing I would ever suggest using ext2 for is /boot. I’ve also had some filename issues when accessing ext2/3 partitions from Windows—the driver’s Unicode implementation is sketchy, I think. You might just be better off leaving it formatted as NTFS and using the new ntfs-3g drivers.

  2. December 19, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    I don’t really want to leave it as NTFS since I’ve already had issues. I’ve made folders in Ubuntu that Windows saw as corrupted (which is probably the root of my current problem). Maybe FAT32. I don’t have any files over 2 GB, so I’m well under the max file size.

  3. December 20, 2006 at 8:56 am

    Maybe, but FAT32 performance is abysmal on large drives. And once again, FAT32 has no journaling or advanced features at all.

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