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John W

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  1. Hi

    I'm finally sick to death of suse 10.3 x86 64 so I'm going to make a switch to madriva 2008.1 (free) shortly. When I install will it put my existing installation in a sensible place so that I can import emails and files etc? Or do I have to parcel it all up some where and hide it from the install and etc.


    ;) I'm hoping it will stick the lot in a directory for me.





  2. Ok but the pci x and the scsi raid is 64 bit hardware. This isn't on board sata raid. I have that too but for my set up it's better used in another configuration. The board will also take 4 2gig dimms (not that I will ever fit them). It's one step down from a server board.


    I'm still interested in this but accept that there seems to be a problem with the range of available application software on suse 10.3 86_64 at least and that it isn't a simple matter of compiling from source as some areas seem to suggest. That would lead to dependency hell on suse at least. They offer the option on installation but make some sweeping decisions about what 32bit code will be run.



  3. There is absolutely no reason to run 64-bit OS on such an average machine... you have nothing to gain and quite a few annoyances to resolve.


    64bit pci-x with scsi raid installed in 2 slots isn't average. Perhaps you can elaborate on what is used address wise when 2008.1 i386 is installed. I would hope that it will run i686 but still like many do not really know what that means other than changes to the instruction set. The web is strangely silent on just how much of the ram and bus will be used. Winoze xp for instance will not use more than 3gig of ram and as far as I'm aware doesn't fully support 64bit cards either.



  4. I've had a number of install problems - not onto a pendrive - but relating to the install not picking up discs correctly even listing intel ich7 raid as raid and as separate discs. I would suggest using virtualbox to test installations. (If that is what you are doing) Who knows it may even allow an image file to be on a pendrive.


    There is also info specific to ubuntu here http://www.pendrivelinux.com/ and google linux on a pen drive will bring up lots more.



  5. I've used virtualbox and am impressed with it. Have also found that it's possible to run and existing xp installation from it too without conversion - not tried yet. I found a great link on building up a mandriva system on this site but it installs vmserver. I thought vmserver was payfor ware? Also does anyone have any opinions on the relative merits of these 2 packages. I must stress that virtualbox looks very good to me. I used the binary to get usb support. I haven't tried connecting to a networked printer yet but hope that a straight windoze printer driver install will look after that.





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  6. Hi

    I'm currently running suse 10.3 but am going to change to mandriva because I have and am having too many problems. I went for 64bit suse 10.3 and also selected the option to be able to run 32 bit code. What I've found is that 64bit 10.3 comes with some kde4 which doesn't work but can be disabled and that the updater always goes for 64bit code some of which is also kde 4 and doesn't work. It will offer and accept 32 bit in the end but can then find that it can't install all of it.


    I run some obscure code from time to time and have to install from source and I'm wondering given the above if I would be better off sticking with 32bit. My machine has 2 used pci x 64bit slots, nvidia pci express video, 4gig of ram and a core 2 duo processor. These days it's hard to find what's needed for what and I'm hoping some one on here will be able to enlighten me. I noticed for instance that debian 386 installs as i686 on virtualbox. Confusion rules. Just what do I need to install to make full use of my machine and if it's 64bit what are the downsides?



  7. I'm asking this now because I expect a problem and will not be able to ask when my machine is down.


    My machine has 3 discs on an icp scsi raid controller and 2 sata 10k drives. I will partition the drives with the scsi raid as home and one of the sata drives will have the linux swap partition and the other the 2008.1 installation. The drive with the linux swap on it also has an xp partition and I want to dual boot. Suse couldn't get it's head round this arrangement and I eventually found that this was down to the xp partition being on disc 1 rather than 0 as would be the normal case. Seems that machine still booted from 0 but ran xp from 1. Currently I'm unhappily running suse 10.3 and got it to work by installing an old copy of bootmagic and switching the drive connections around. Bootmagic takes me into suse but won't start up xp so seems to have the same problem as the suse installer. When I get to suse this way I'm offer a boot to windoze but it doesn't work reporting that ntldr is missing. (It is there)


    I assume that just as suse offers a number of options on boot installation 2008.1 does the same but as I don't fully understand them I will not know which option to choose. I intend to swap the sata disc connections over to how they were originally. The machine will then boot xp and then I will install 2008.1. Will I have the same problem I had with suse? What boot options do I need to select to overcome them? I can use nt's bootfix for recovery if needed (again).


    I do have another option on dual booting but I should ask that elsewhere - relative merits of virtualbox and vmserver. Virtualbox is very impressive but still takes some time to "boot up". Is vmserver any better in this respect? It would be nice to just have a couple of windoze program icons on my desktop. Unfortunately wine is unlikely to be able to run the few windoze programs I need. I also thought that vmserver was pay for ware.



  8. Hi. I am on here as a result of installing suse 10.3 86_64bit. I've used suse since 9.3 and have up to now been very pleased with it. All sorts of problems with this version. It's miss mash of kde 3.5.7 and some kde 4 thrown in for luck - none of which works. The desktop parts can be de activated - fortunately. All 10.3 versions seem to have to have even had an auto updater problem that hasn't been fixed for a long long time. Easily fixed if any one wants to try suse by manually updating with yast. That does get an updater eventually and then all is ok. Software even for video is something of a problem on the 86_64bit version. Yast doesn't offer a facility for forcing 32bit software to be installed. So if for instance one wants khexedit one gets kde4 64bit khexedit which disappears into outer space when the window is scrolled to the end of a file.


    I had toyed with the idea of waiting for suse 11 but I'm not convinced that I will get a reliable desktop even with kde stable. As to kde4 reliable advice suggests waiting for 4.1 final or even 4.1.1 which should be about 1 month after 4.1 final. I must admit that the kde4 desktop looks very nice but would suggest that it's best kept in virtualbox for a while. I think suse may well be harming kde's reputation by releasing KDE4. It's not really ready. Interestingly their installation selection order is also gnome,kde4,kde stable without any indication of the state of kde4. This is a bit of an unknown as they are adding to it all of the time. I'm left with the impression that novel are chasing unbuntu / developing the next version of sled some what aggressively with out much regard for their traditional user base.




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