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RE: La Machine Est Morte, Vive La Machine!



Rafe,

Booting from one partition to backup another--brilliant idea! Why
didn't I think of that?

Regards,
Harry


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Subject: Re: La Machine Est Morte, Vive La Machine!


I am going to buck the tide and suggest that you carve out a
couple of partitions, or at least some unformatted space. while I
boot Linux 99.99% of the time, having a Windows partition gives me
insurance -- just in case one of my Linux partitions doesn't work.
if you ever do start to play around with it, Carl -- and there is
no one on this list who is more suited to it, temperamentally and
technically -- you will also find that clever allocation of
partitions enables 1) easily automating comprehensive and reliable
backups, and 2) relatively easy upgrades from one distro or
release to another. the Linux boot manager has been bulletproof
for me, and the times I've had difficulty, the native tools for
fixing glitches has worked flawlessly.

-rafe t.


On 07/21/2014 12:15 PM, Carl Distefano wrote:
> Many thanks for all your replies. Kari and Bill, you've
convinced me 
> that virtualization, rather than multiboot, is the way to go.
It's 
> actually a relief to put aside the multiboot idea. I've had
multiboot 
> systems in the past; the reality, for me, was that one OS got
used 90% 
> of the time while the others just sat there -- because, let's
face it, 
> rebooting is a pain. Virtualization would seem to put multiple 
> environments at one's finger tips. Plus, if virtual 32-bit is
going to 
> run as fast or faster on my new machine than it would in a
separate 
> partition, that clinches the argument. (I was assuming that 
> virtualization would be slower.)
>
> The new computer won't be here until the end of this week or the

> beginning of next -- ample time for me to mull over any further 
> thoughts and suggestions you may have. Thanks again for sharing
your 
> experiences and expertise.
>