Fred A. Miller
fmiller at lightlink.com
Mon Nov 7 14:07:30 EST 2011
On 11/07/2011 01:23 AM, Ken Sprouse / WA3FKG wrote:
> I am working on the guys who do a lot of the day to day work keeping
> the school and office computers running and I hear a number of reasons
> why we can't use Linux on all of our desktops. The only valid reason
> that I have heard so far is that we have specific software that we
> rely on which only runs on Windows. I have to admit that due to my
> work I haven't spent any real time or effort to try to find open
> source replacements. I knew I would have a hard time when I heard how
> my disdain they had for Open Office. So I keep plugging away and
> perhaps at some point Microsoft will try to wring a few more coins out
> of their customers for the privilege of beta testing their software
> and it will be the straw that breaks the camels back. In the meantime
> I have picked up several good tips from the list and enjoy it.
> One of the things I'm looking to find out before I switch distros is
> how I can back up my dictionaries for the office suite, web browser,
> Tom Boy notes. In the past I have just backed up my /home directory
> did a clean install then overwrote the new /home directory with the
> backup. This time though I will be switching from Open Office to
> Libre Office as part of the new distribution. I also have made Chrome
> my default browser, another reason to want to backup the dictionary.
Hi Ken, glad to have to join us! I've been using Linux for a very long
time.....since SuSE 5.0, if I remember correctly, and I also go back to
pre-DOS, that is CP/M days. I had a Kaypro 2X which I modified the MBO
so I could have 4 full-sized (that's what we had back then as you know)
hard drives, and found a way to get Perfect Filer to handle a LOT more
fields than it was supposed to....was written up in "Profiles Mag." for
that effort. Had a LOT of fun running QNX and Qtac2 for a BBS. 8-)
Anyway, what I have done for sometime, is to keep /home in it's entirety
and NOT to format it. I also keep all my graphic files, music, movie
clips, etc., in a partition I label /local. Only files created by Open
Office or more recently Libre Office are in my /home partitian. I also
have found that for servers and/or desktops that there are a number of
ways you can partitian a hard drive, and all of them seem to work well.
But, I have standardized on the following, which may or may not be of
help to you or someone else. With the assumption of a 1-T hard drive,
the following is what that "standard" partition structure looks like,
with the allocated space.
/ = 30GB
/swap = 32GB ( I have 16GB in the box...rule of thumb is to double swap
of your RAM).
/home = 30GB (2 users, my wife and me)
/local = Balance of hard drive.
This is all on a box I built around an Intel Core i7 2600 3.4Ghz., which
I have running at 4.3Ghz. with 1600Mhz. RAM. Also a Thermaltake V1
cooler for the CPU, cooler for the RAM, and 4 120mm fans to cool it all.
This so you all know over-clocking ISN'T a problem for Linux! Windows 7
DOESN'T like an over-clocked box at all! There's a way around that, but
I'm sure no one here is interested in how to do that. O:-)
Hope this helps someone.
Remember: Ban-Control-Take Over are the hallmarks of the
"New"Democrats and old Communists so buy brass and lead
instead of gold. - Bob Roller
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