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Subject: Re: Linux intro for users Date: 1/29/2013 8:52 AM
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I THINK it has to do with the fact that Puppy loads everything into RAM

I ran Ubuntu for a week on a spare computer loaned me by a friend after my main computer blew up. Possibly Sandy-related.

In any case, that ran as you describe, because I never bothered to install it; I just ran it from disk.

It is my understanding that if I actually installed it, it would install Ubuntu on the hard drive, and then things would be mounted as expected and not under /mnt. Of course, if you do that, you are committed. I suppose you could still dual boot. But this presumes you have enough hard drive space, and that is the question.

I run Red Hat Enterprise Linux on this machine, but I have so much hard drive space it is ridiculous. But a one terabyte SATA hard drive is less than $70, so ...
I remember when a 40 Megabit hard drive, 2400 rpm, three phase power, was $40,000. And that was great compared to no hard drive at all.

Here is the disk usage of my little machine. It is running CentOS 5. It has 512 Megabytes RAM. It has an 80 GByte 7200 rpm regular had drive and two 10 GByte 10,000 rpm SCSI hard drives.

/dev/hda6 (/scratch) should not be counted. It contains the full backup of my old (now junked) system. And if you do not run BOINC, do not count /dev/sda1 either.

# df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2 19840924 3192028 15624756 17% /
/dev/sdb2 6704268 284796 6073412 5% /var
/dev/sdb1 1983808 41272 1840140 3% /tmp
/dev/hda5 19840892 479208 18337544 3% /home
/dev/sda1 8688160 900544 7339156 11% /home/boinc
/dev/hda1 505604 27818 451682 6% /boot
/dev/hda6 29601556 221892 27875984 1% /scratch
tmpfs 257444 0 257444 0% /dev/shm

So maybe I should present it like this:

# df
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2 19840924 3192028 15624756 17% /
/dev/sdb2 6704268 284796 6073412 5% /var
/dev/sdb1 1983808 41272 1840140 3% /tmp
/dev/hda5 19840892 479208 18337544 3% /home
/dev/hda1 505604 27818 451682 6% /boot

About 4 Gigibytes. But you might not need as much stuff as I have in /home. It is difficult for me to imagine Ubuntu would take more disk space than RHEL 5 (or its brother, CentOS 5).

But I have been wrong before.
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