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I humbly request enlightenment.

Postby Poinzy » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:12 pm

Hello, I just wanted to take just a moment to introduce myself, say “Hello” and to request some advice, or at least get an opinion weather or not I am going about this the right way. I will do my best to keep this as short as possible. I guess to sum it up I am sick and tired of Microsoft's stuff. I built my first computer (sometime in 1975) when I was 12 years old from a kit called the Altair. PC's Hardware/Software have been both my life long Hobby and my Career. From 8800, 8080, 8088, Texas Sinclair, TRS-80 (Trash-80 hehehe) ect. I went on to put my first BBS on-line at 16. Amazingly enough for what it's worth, I was turned off by the whole “Internet thing” (“Hi” I'm a 12 year old girl want to chat?) and was to busy with my career to ever make a dime off the Internet. I'm sorry I am “rambling” At any rate, I went with the flow always staying on the cutting edge both with system components and OS's. The only exception was going from DOS to OS/2 because it ran games better then DOS could, due to the 64K – 640K thing, and not going to Windows till I got feed-up with the “Latest and Greatest” hardware taking so long to get OS/2 drivers. Any way my whole career was in Windows based Implementation, Integration and Coding, as of four years ago I retired from a fortune 100 as Vice President / Sr. Software Engineer. With all the Virus's, Spyware, lack of challenge left, worst of all Microsoft Activation, that now plaques Windows, I have made the decision to put all my time, efforts, and willingness to help others into Linux. I had “Played” with Linux a few times over the decades, however due to it's lack of cutting edge hardware support and my lack of knowledge on the Linux paradigm I never played long or much with it. After downloading Linux Mint 7 like five or six day's ago and having the Live CD come right up and run on my;

Intel DX58SO (Extreme Series)
Intel Core i7-920
6 Gig Ram
Nvidea GeForce GTX-280
3 - Seagate 1TB-32meg Cache SATA HD ST310005N1A1AS
1 - Western Digital 1TB-8meg Cache SATA HD WD10EAVS

Not only come right up but simply “SCREAM” I was thoroughly impressed!!! And after playing with it for a few hours, it was more than obvious to me that Linux has matured. Moving on probably needless to say I Multi-Boot and have since the DOS days with each game desiring and needing it's own unique configuration. I boot;

1X – XP-64
2X – Vista Ultimate-64

Ever since like somewhere around Windows 1.1 (Windows for Workgroups) I have had multiple installations of windows. I simply put them into their own Pri-Partition on Disk-0 than hide the other Part from it. I have spent the last like 25 – 30 hours trying to get Linux into my current schema, with little to no success. Any way, after much thought and the decision to put my priority and time into Linux, I have decided to format, reconfigure, and reinstall all drives. While playing with the install and trying to get a little bit of understanding on how Linux works and reacts to stuff I have found that separate instance's of installations do not seem to mind sharing a single Swap part. Or a single “Home” mounting point. Is this correct? If this is across the board for different Distro's than if you would be kind enough to give me you opinion on this schema I would appreciate it.

HD-0 4 equal part. 3 Pri 1 Ext.
Part-0 Pri-250gig Vista-64
Part-1 Pri-250gig Vista-Ult
Part-2 Pri-250gig Win-7
Part-3 Ext-250gig
Logical Drives (For Linux)
LD-0 (ext3) 5gig GRUB (Unless you can recommend a better boot loader?)
LD-1 (ext3) 245gig “Home” Mount Point All (Linux Installs)

HD-1 1 Pri. 1 Ext.
Part-0 Pri-500gig (NTFS) Win Stuff
Part-1 Ext 500gig
Logical Drives (Linux “Root” Mount Points)
LD-0 (ResierFS) 125gig Linux “\” Inst-1
LD-1 (ResierFS) 125gig Linux “\” Inst-2
LD-2 (ResierFS) 125gig Linux “\” Inst-3
LD-3 (ResierFS) 125gig Linux “\” Inst-4

HD-2 1 Pri. 1 Linux Swap
Part-0 Pri. 985-gig (NTFS) Win Stuff
Part-1 SWAP 15gig (All Linux Inst)

HD-3 (I'll Figure it out as needed)

1)Do you see any “Issues”?
2)Am I on the right track here?
3)Previously asked, will separate independent Installs\Distro's have an issue sharing “Home”
4)Providing I give each install the same first user account can they share the same folder?
5)4 is there a way to use a folder as a mount point?
6)Any recommendation?
7)Lastly; is there any imminent danger that I should be aware of, or any “MUST” read that I should know about?

In conclusion, I would like to thank you in advance for both your time and assistance. “Thank You!!” I look forward to being able to help others in the near future, and to be able to contribute to the Linux community as soon as I get up to speed...

Best Regards,


PS (Sorry) I apologise for being so winded and for draging this out. (Some of us have communication issues)

One last this... To the developers and the Mint community, I have to say Congratulation, and Well Done... You did really good...

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Re: I humbly request enlightenment.

Postby markcynt » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:53 pm

I'm sure some one with more experience than me will chime in but as far as I know it's not the best idea to share home partitions since some settings are kept in there. I run multiple Linux installations and I use one /swap partition 6 GB for all installs and then each distro then gets it's own / (root) partition and it's own /home partition. Plus I keep a separate disk formatted to NTFS for /Data.
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Re: I humbly request enlightenment.

Postby Aging Technogeek » Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:50 pm


Welcome to the Mint community. From your short bio, you will soon become a great asset to us all.

In response to your questions;

1. The two biggest issues I see are;
A. One doesn't normally use the same /home partition for multiple Distros. Many configuration files are stored in hidden folders in /home and you may run into compatibility issues. If you want to share data among several OS it is better to create a separate Data partition and mount this partition in the /home of each OS ( If you format the data partition FAT 32 or NTFS, then both Windows and Linux OS can use it)
B. Your Swap partition is much larger than needed. As a rule, swap should equal ram up to a maximum swap + ram = 4Gig. With 6 Gig of ram the only reason to have any Swap space at all is that sometimes Linux can act unpredictably if there is no Swap. If you intend to use the Hibernate function, you need Swap to equal or slightly exceed ram (In hibernate, entire ram contents are stored in Swap). Otherwise, a nominal Swap of about 256-512 Meg is adequate. One Swap works for all Linux Distros on the computer,

2. I would say, for the most part, yes.

3,4 See this thread:


5,6,7. See these threads:




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Re: I humbly request enlightenment.

Postby Poinzy » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:13 pm

Gentlemen, Thank you for your input, I do appreciate your time...



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