On Thursday 21 June 2007 22:55, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> > That all non-windows users must keep a windows partition around?
>> Yes, unless you are a masochist.
Or, just maybe, not a windows user?
Windows has always been a clunky-looking and unfamiliar OS for
me - I basically switched to Linux-on-PC from Linux-on-Amiga
from AmigaOS-on-Amiga, Windows was a sideshow that appeared
installed on the first PC I bought, though not later ones.
So I haven't had a windows partition on a computer I own
since about 2000, and most of the rest of my family now
I know I'm not particularly masochistic, I just pay for
decent, known linux-compatible hardware (perhaps with
FreeDOS for firmware updates if necessary) and services.
It's not 1997 anymore, linux is pretty mainstream.
> > That non-windows users can not use all of their hardware?
>> No. What is the connection with the previous question?
> Or are you saying you can't spare any of your precious hard disk?
Any "spare" space I might use for a windows partition
could be better used as a test install of a more interesting
OS, or as an extra 10GB or whatever of, like, spare space
should I want to download a bunch of isos on a whim or
something. My harddrives aren't so big that I wouldn't
miss a few gigs (I have about 200GB of space,
presently about 70% full after a spring clean)
Screwing around resizing a windows partition is pointless
if you're never going to use it, just wipe the fucker
and you can use your whole disk with a simpler and more
robust partitioning scheme and bootloader setup that
no closed-source crap is going to mysteriously corrupt
for you. It's much easier maintaining a linux installation,
and a computer itself, if you're not worried about every
trivial and normal-except-in-windowsland-apparently act
of volume or hardware rearrangement breaking
the fragile chain necessary to allow windows to dual-boot
(or even boot, according to what people say about windows
"activation", which I've never really had the "joy" of
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