A story in two parts:
1-two of my favorite queries via terminal
2-my adventures in: "install"
Since February I have completed a lot of installs, but more about that in part two. In this part of my tail I want to tell you about two bits of terminal query that shed some light at just the right moment for me, so I thought it only fair to share them with you.
When you have a number of partitions and you want to know their exact identity this is the magic command that reveals each partitions unique UUID.
learn more here: http://www.linux.com/archive/feature/146951
knowing the UUID of each partition can save your bacon when confusion rains. And your trying to get GRUB to do what you want without any perplexity. The preferred way to learn what is going on with your UUID is to boot from a liveCD (like Knoppix) and go from there.
The second query is: cat /proc/version
This one is used from the install in question, (not a liveCD) and can also clear a lot of fog about what exactly is installed. It should tell you what kernel is installed, and what distribution, such as Debian, Fedora, etc.. It is just another handy bit of information to have when you need it.
My kind wife got me a pentium 4 with a 232Gb hard drive, so of course I sliced it up into 11 partitions and went nuts. Three of the partitions are 1Gb swap and the other eight are for me to experiment with.
Along the way I tried CentOS and Mint8 and found them quite unlikable. I'm sure your experience with them was better than mine, but lets just say we were not compatible and I am unwilling to go through that experience again.
I was always a fan of Fedora, but compared to a lot of other installs it is way behind in terms of ease and flexibility. I now find myself with a new set of favorites:
#1-Mepis easy to install, easy to set up and use
#2-Kanotix based on Debian I found it easier to use and adjust
#3-Kubuntu heck everyone likes Ubuntu don' t they?
Yes, everyone has their likes and dislikes, some people even like vanilla over strawberry. The argument over the best install is what makes us unique individuals. And it continues to keep us intrigued by Linux.
Stay Dry - Have a Great Day