||10-28-2012 08:43 PM
Which filesystem type for partition shared between Linux and *BSD?
I'm replacing my dying hard drive with a 128 GB SSD and a 500 GB HDD. The SSD is where the operating systems will live. I will have several versions of linux, and would also like to try a *BSD for learning on. FreeBSD, Dragonfly and PC-BSD all sound interesting.
The 500 GB platter hard drive will have two partitions: a small one for /var and a large one for /data.
/data is where I keep my work, documents and photos instead of in /home. This way I can access it from any distro and don't have to worry about conflicting configuration files. /data will have two directories in it: /tigerflag (my personal directory) and /music
I would like to read and write to /data from *BSD, but it appears that ext2 is the only Linux filesystem that *BSD can write to. I've heard that ext2 can be a real mess if there's a system crash. Is ext2 the only filesystem that will work for both linux and BSD?
Is the risk of data loss with ext2 bad enough that I should forget about installing *BSD? (Or in this forum, do you think I should install the *BSD and forget about Linux?)
Also, any advice for partitioning a drive to multi-boot several linux distros and *BSD?
One factor that holds me back from going straight *BSD is that I plan to upgrade to an AMD Trinity APU processor, and none of the *BSDs support it yet.
Your advice is sincerely appreciated!