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New Toys, New Distros

Posted 08-16-2020 at 03:31 PM by zaivala

I managed to sell one of my laptops for a goodly bit of money. With the proceeds, I put half into my household budget and went to town buying new stuff. I have a new microphone for my podcasts, and the sound is much better. I bought a new USB sound card for my RPi 4. But the biggest purchases were a 1 Tb SSD for my desktop and a 512 Gb SSD for my laptop.

With the desktop, I cloned my old 256 Gb SSD to the new 1 Tb, and then created 5 more partitions in the space left. I already had Linux Mint 20, Bodhi 5.1, and Sabayon on the drive, and have since added Manjaro MATE, Feren OS, Gecko ROLLING, and KDE neon upgraded to 20.04.1, with a free partition remaining.

With the laptop, I couldn't get Clonezilla to work for some reason, so I just did a clean install of everything. With the help of a couple of my listeners (cryptodan and Joshua Hawk), I created an appropriate-sized EFI partition, Swap partition, and divided the drive into 6 partitions for distros. Of course I have Mint 20 and Bodhi on it, and also added OpenMandriva Lx 4.1, Gecko STATIC, Ubuntu Unity 20.04.1 (I've reinstalled a couple times due to problems which arose in the ISO), and have a free partition left.

I think I've exceeded my ability to even remember what all I have installed, and am rapidly approching critical mass in updating time and effort. Don't try this at home kids... well, I'm not a professional, but I am a podcaster on the issue.

I still have not successfully worked my way through a Fedora installation, have not used Slackware (except that OpenMandriva was originally a fork of that project), and don't have any independent distros such as Solus (I have my eye on a completely new one coming out of India).

I know little more about how these distros work, other than being able to get through the terminal commands to update them. Most of them are easy as Pi. Questions about installation are welcome; questions about how things work will fly over my head for the most part.

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