GRUB would'nt allow me to boot into WinXP and totally messed up my MBR, causing me to have to spend a day reconfiguring my computer (formatting everything) in every way imaginable. Next time, I'm installing the bootloader on a floppy
I installed Sarge with no problems, and Grub didn't even come close to ruining my MBR. I doubt the problem was with Grub, though it could have been. Making a boot floppy is always good (in case something goes wrong, you can use it to get the machine up so you can repair it), but don't fall back on it to boot linux - that way lies frustration and anger (which lead to the dark side
I cannot find how to mount my WinXP NTFS partitions. When I do "mount /dev/hda1" it says "cannot find /dev/hda1 in fstab or mtab".
Question: How/where do I mount it?
If there's no line in /etc/fstab, then you need to be more verbose about mounting. Try this:
mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/windows
(/mnt/windows must exist before this command runs)
Once you've got things mounting and you've chosen a place to put it, add a line to your fstab file to describe it. If you add 'auto' in the options section, the partition will be mounted at boot time.
And yeah, apt-get kicks ass
The only other system I thought was as nice was the BSD ports system (though I've not yet tried gentoo's emerge).