I have a situation. Two really.
First of all, I love Red Hat/Fedora Core. I don't know why I'm so dedicated to it because I've never had much luck with it, but then again, I haven't had a dedicated bad ass machine to run Linux on either.
I've inherited an old HP Celeron box. I meant to check the specs before I left for work this morning, but I want to say it's in the 2.X Ghz range. Currently it only has 128 Megs, but I can upgrade it to 1 GB for $76.
So I have two questions for the gurus out there like ehowton
, and princessleia2
. First of all, I would like to run a Linux OS on x86 architecture. I don't mind having naught but CLI, but I would be nice to have a GUI to get some things done quickly. I've not tried any other distros. I did have a bad experience installing Mandrake a few years ago. It looks too simple. What is the "best" x86 Linux distro that has a small footprint, few OS specific commands and a GUI that doesn't take a mammoth to run. I'd like use this box to run Apache as well as serve as a file server. That brings me to my next topic...
As many of you know, Black Widow died from a fried motherboard. (In four years I hadn't come up with a better name for her and I still don't have a name for my new laptop. Maybe I'll just pull a Strong Bad and call it Lappy.) The point is, I bought USB enclosures for both of the drives. I am going to use Sync Toy
to sync the folders between the two drives and create a comprehensive back up upon the initial sync. I will do incremental back ups each time I sync. My plan was to either leave one of the drives (a 160 IDE drive) at work or hook it up to the HP Linux server so I can have access to all of my data at work and leave the other (300 SATA which will remain NTFS) sitting on my desk and for travel. At first I thought about making the 160 a FAT 32 drive so I could hook it up to a Linux box as well as Windows (for syncing and traveling.) I'm assuming that OS X understands FAT 32 as well.
I don't like the drawback to having a FAT 32 drive. The sectors are too slow, there is no redundancy and no journaling. I considered using ext3 or whatever Linux is up to now, but then I wouldn't be able to sync it with the other drive via Windows. I was wondering if anyone knew of a file system that Windows can read/write but would be just as accessible for Linux or, have the bugs been worked out with Linux such that reading and writing to NTFS is no longer an issue?