Caffeineismydrug wrote:If you are going to use virtualbox (in Windows or in Linux) don't forget to go into the BIOS and turn on Virtualization Technology (VT Bit). I'd go with simply dual boot though.
Ubuntu's insaller is really good at setting up dual boot with extremely minimal effort. You just drag a slider back and forth to choose how much to allocate to Linux and Windows. Ubuntu will take care of the rest, including the boot loader.
I usually only allocate ~10-15GB for Ubuntu and the remaining for Windows... Ubuntu can read/write NTFS with no problem, but Microsoft can't read/write to the Linux filesystems (they'd probably have to open source parts of their OS).
I always auto-mount my Windows filesystem and then symlink Ubuntu's Documents, Downloads Pictures, .firefox and .thunderbird to the Windows partition so my documents, browser and e-mail are synchronized between operating systems.
Actually, I use Ext3 in Windows just fine*. http://fs-driver.org
It's not open source, but it works. There are a few quirks that the site doesn't list:
You have to install using "Compatibility mode for Vista" if running W7.
You also cannot launch executables from an ext3 partition (something to do with Windows security permissions I think).
If the ext2/3 filesystem is marked dirty, or otherwise requires fsck, Windows won't mount it (safety feature I imagine). There's no fsck utility in Windows that I know of, so you have to boot to Linux to fsck it before it'll be visible in Windows again.
I would have worked on it myself, however he never released the source. When I asked if he would consider it, he said "I did not put it under the GPL, because I do not think that the project would take advance of it."
Probably true, but I don't know why that would affect what he's doing. It's been almost 3 years since the last update, it's getting ridiculous.
Of course, this was 5 years ago. I don't have the time anymore anyways.
lankyfool wrote:I'll just have to live with my $450 17" HP with an i3, 17" 1600x900 screen, fast drive, loads of ram, warranty etc. etc.
Who said this didn't have a warranty? I don't remember any post saying 'AS-IS' or 'no warranty', except yours. I don't know where you got that from. There is a 90-day warranty as it is a refurb. I purchased an Acer netbook a few years ago, refurb also. Had issues where the battery would drain even when turned off. After 2 'repairs', they finally replaced it with a different model, which has a problem with the screen flickering. This was all within the 90-warranty period.
The only point I would agree with you on is that refurbs are garbage (if you had even said that). Now even though there is a warranty, it is not through Lenovo, as was promised when purchased. Had it been clear beforehand, I would agree with you. REGARDLESS of the laptop, I steer clear of refurbs. Even if it was a brand-spanking new*, current model refurb, I STILL wouldn't get it. The ONLY exception would possibly be Apple, who warranties their machines for a FULL year, even for refurbs, or Lenovo direct (outlet.lenovo.com), who also warranties for a full year. If it's not a direct manufacturer refurb, I stay away (which is why I got this, it SAID '90-day Lenovo').
Even though it's a 90-day through 3rd-party, it's still a warranty. If you don't agree, then what do you define as 'warranty'?