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Netbooks / Re: Acer Aspire 1 - repartitioning for dual boot
« on: April 04, 2011, 09:25:06 am »
Thanks Mark,

I'll follow the links about aufs later - more for my own interest. AFAICT the aufs setup on the AA1 is  more for SSDs than HDDs - which is what we have.

Personally I too would just ditch Linpus Lite but the beast belongs to SWMBO who (at the moment) likes the interface supplied but that's 'cos she's not hit a problem yet - oops tell a lie she's now found she can't install skype, unresolvable dependancy problems  ;).

I'm pushing for openSUSE so's I can encrypt /home (at least) plus all the other benefits of a fully supported OSS system, but the first stage has got to be a dual boot, then set up a nice easy front-end like she's been using. Once I've won that battle I'll fight for dumping Linpus.

As I said, I booted sysrecuecd up from USB and used partimage to backup the partitions as supplied (and make a note of the block counts etc.) so I should have a fully recoverable situation.

Alan

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Netbooks / Acer Aspire 1 - repartitioning for dual boot
« on: April 03, 2011, 04:39:52 pm »
We've (well SWMBO) just bought an Aspire 150L with 160Gb HD and I'm less than happy about the security - i.e there isn't any  >:( - so I'd like to set up dual boot to another Linux version (openSUSE by choice as I'm very familiar with it) where I can set up encrypted partitions and the like.

Normally I wouldn't think twice about this but the Aspire is set up using aufs (which I've not used before) and seems to be doing something weird.

# mount reports (snippped)
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/dev/sda1 on / type ext2 (rw)
none on /mnt/home type aufs (rw,si=efa1fdc0,xino=/home/user/.aufs.xino,create=mfs,dirs=/home/user=rw)

Which is odd because /dev/sda1 is a small (27GB) partition labelled as BACKUP and seems filled with packages for openOffice and  the like.

# cat /etc/fstab reports (snipped)
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/dev/sda2          /                  ext2          defaults,noatime        1 1

Can someone explain why mount uses /dev/sda1 while fstab uses /dev/sda2 or point me somewhere where aufs is explained simply (I got bogged down in the details on the aufs home page).

But the real question is will I be Ok in repartitioning /dev/sda, (backup, restore ... blah, blah) making sure that the 3 partitions currently used by Linus Lite are basically the same (albeit with sda2 seriously reduced in size) ?

Since the wife has a working box ATM I'll be in serious dooh-dah if I destroy it.

PS - I'm not totally stupid so I backed up the original partitions using partimage as soon as I got my hands on the thing  ;D

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