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hi gobble - i have read all the posts in the thread - and-Hello
I installed KUbuntu 10.0.4 LTS first thing today morning. It is a wonderful looking platform!!
As slick as Windows 7 and with a little time spent customizing colors and icons you can have a really wonderful looking desktop.
Please try it if you are going to be installing a New OS on your desktop.
Driver support is flawless with run-of-the-mill mass market components. Even with more exotic & niche/enthusiast market components, the support isn't bad. Simply, if its just that aspect that you are worried abut, you shouldn't. And of course the great thing is that to check the driver support you just need to boot off a live-cd and see if your hardware is supported...if it is & you like the OS, you can perform a full-fledged install eventually.How is the driver support for the OS? This is one of the reasons I am sticking with M$.
Sure. Its easy actually. What laptop do you have? Do you want to try a lightweight nettop version?hi gobble - i have read all the posts in the thread - and-
when i read your post - it seemed to me that installing that OS would be like climbing the Qutab Minar from the outside using my fingers and toes-
after reading all the posts - it now seems like getting to the top of Burj Khalifa from the outside using my fingers and toes.
when i get to bangalore - will you do it for me?
Linux - especially and particularly the newer flavours thereof - are amazingly easy systems to work with. Driver detection is almost always fantastic. Chances are you dont have to install stuff as in Windows. You select a package and it installs itself. Thats what package managers are for.How is the driver support for the OS? This is one of the reasons I am sticking with M$.
Oh, you guys are so lucky! I would have thought that my HP Deskjet scanner was pretty run-of-the-mill --- except that it is well over five years old (but then so is my printer, and my sound card is older).Driver support is flawless with run-of-the-mill mass market components...
Thad. My hunch was that giving 64-bit and 32-bit the same swap space to share was probably a big mistake. Fixed this by creating a new swap space for the 64-bit and making sure it used it. In the process, I noticed a non-existent (it had removed) volume in /etc/fstab and fixed this, wondering if this very simple thing might not have been the whole cause!
I just reproduced the problem: it mattered!Thad
I doubt if that would matter - why would it?
Exactly! I have used it too, but I dont recall any config options - it just works!Thad, you can use the same swap for both the versions. Its not a mistake, in fact it is a good habit I reckon. I forgot how, but there's a variable that needs to be assigned a value for that (yes/no kind of value). Will look up one of those old Linux For You issues I have lying around in the store.
I used to keep my swap on a different hdd like that article says, but beware!! Its easy to forget and unplug a hard disk to move it to another system, and suddenly you will see strange messages on the console on next reboot!My store ain't huge..so I found the magazine, Feb 2009 issue.
In fact, the article is available online : Improve Multi-OS Computer Performance through Cross Swapping LINUX For You Magazine
EDIT: Its a bit off I guess, but worth reading nevertheless .
Actually yes, if you ever look at the top command, the swap utilization is always zero. This has been the case ever since paging became the norm. But it is needed for suspend to disk or hibernate option I think ...In an ideal world, swapping never happens!
(But not in all ideal Unix worlds, some of which write every program to swap when they execute it, because, hey... might want it there soon!)
I used to use lots of paging space for Windows, then I read about systems without any, tried it --- and it didn't make any difference!
It's better to keep the swap away from the data, rather than the programs, especially if it is something like a database with a lot of disc activity.