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GNU/Linux hacker and command line junkie.

Mar
5
comment 4th gen. iPod Touch and Syncing with Rhythmbox on Ubuntu 12.1
duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/25908/how-to-mount-my-ipod-touch-4g, which has a good answer.
Mar
5
comment how to mount ipod touch 4th generation 16gb
duplicate of askubuntu.com/questions/25908/how-to-mount-my-ipod-touch-4g, which has a good answer.
Mar
5
answered how to mount ipod touch 4th generation 16gb
Mar
1
comment How can I quickly copy a GPT partition scheme from one hard drive to another?
The util-linux partitioning tools (including sfdisk) were rewritten to include GPT support for util-linux 2.26. sfdisk differs from gdisk in that it doesn't support putting a small boot partition before 1MiB, though, so it choked on my config. (bug reported upstream already.)
Mar
1
answered Audacity will no longer launch
Feb
25
comment Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions?
But yeah, good to separate user-data from distro-data. You still need to backup /etc, if you customize anything, though. (and even better, version control it with etckeeper.)
Feb
25
comment Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions?
My current desktop has been continually upgraded from Ubuntu 6.10 or so to the current 14.10. But I'm a Linux ninja and don't mind sorting out the occasional glitch. Still, considering a re-install when moving to new disks, since I'm still on upstart, not the default-for-new-installs systemd, and probably some other things I don't know about.
Feb
24
comment Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions?
You could backup your windows stuff into a partition on the other drive, and vice versa. So everything you care about is stored on both drives. You might need a new drive and a live-boot USB stick to get your stuff again, depending on which drive you lose, but it'll be safe. (remember, though, that RAID1 != backups, because it doesn't guard against accidental or other deletion. It's very convenient, though.)
Feb
24
comment Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions?
IMO, my home directory is for stuff I created or am working on, not just stuff I downloaded. That way, I can more easily backup the stuff I care about, and ignore the stuff I could get from the Internet again.
Feb
24
comment Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions?
These days, with most software you will use being installed by distro packages, it doesn't make much sense to separate /usr from the root (/) filesystem. Unless you like finding and reporting boot-ordering bugs. Modern filesystems are quite good at aging well, so it's just a pain to divide up your space only to find that you have boatloads of space left on /var, but are running out of space on the root FS. I like to put storage for multimedia stuff on a disk mounted on /data or w/e, rather than just in my home directory.
Feb
24
comment Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions?
But I will agree that having Windows in full control of the bootloader on its own drive is a moderate advantage if you ever re-install windows, instead of being careful to avoid malware so you don't have to. It can be a pain to fix your boot setup, esp. if you aren't an expert with GRUB and whatever the hell Windows needs to boot correctly.
Feb
24
comment Is it safer to install two OSes on different hard drives or just different partitions?
With 2 drives (of similar speed), you should put Linux / on a RAID1 of a partition from each drive. Keep big data files somewhere else, if you don't want to take up space storing them twice. RAID1 isn't a substitute for backups, though, since it doesn't protect against accidental or malicious deletion.
Feb
21
comment ''EFI boot partition'' and ''biosgrub'' partition
So on an EFI-boot system, you still only need one small partition? The MBR-boot-sector and the gdisk-EF02 partition's contents (or equivalent) can be stored in file(s) in the FAT-formatted EFI system partition (with gdisk type EF00)?
Feb
21
comment ''EFI boot partition'' and ''biosgrub'' partition
even 1MiB is more than enough. I like to put it before the first "normal" 1MiB-aligned partition, as I explained in the last paragraph of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BIOS_boot_partition#Overview (which I just editted). I haven't decided whether or not I'd rather use gdisk's sort command to renumber partitions in order of start sector, or if I want to leave it as sdc4 or w/e. Probably sort is less weird, so my grub partitions will always be sdX1.
Feb
21
comment How to Install Ubuntu 14.04 with RAID 1 using desktop installer?
@Sunday: good suggestion to try making filesystems first. Ubiquity noticed that, and let me tell it to put / on the existing md0 without partitioning it or even re-doing the mkfs. (Which also allows using non-default options like mkfs.xfs -m crc=1,finobt=1 that mkfs leaves off until kernel support for them has been around for years.) Anyway, the install finished, but then grub-install failed. Sorting that out now.
Feb
18
comment External download manager for firefox and chrome
JDownloader has special support for many file-upload sites, and it's GPLed. Written in java, but hopefully not too much of a resource hog.
Feb
18
comment External download manager for firefox and chrome
It appears to be closed-source, with binaries for x86 and amd64, deb/rpm/tar.xz. (and mac / windows). They sell a license to unlock all the features.
Feb
18
comment External download manager for firefox and chrome
It's moved to ugetdm.com
Feb
16
comment How to Install Ubuntu 14.04 with RAID 1 using desktop installer?
I wanted to test GRUB booting a filesystem on a RAID10,f2. The extra hoop for GRUB to jump through of a partition on a RAID on a partition is a bit much.
Feb
16
comment How to Install Ubuntu 14.04 with RAID 1 using desktop installer?
mdadm doesn't have any depends:, only recommends:. I copy the .deb to my flash drive and install it (and smartmontools ) after booting a live CD/USB.