quick debian swap-a-roonie

I was running the 64-bit Debian amd64 but switched it out last night for the 32-bit i386 (i686).

The reason is that with the 64-bit, the desktop was crashy, and I don't know enough to fix it, if it's even fixable. The 32-bit i386 (i686) is rock solid, so for now I think that is the fix I'll use.

The desktop liked to crash sometimes when coming out of a screensaver, or sometimes even randomly, but the most annoying issue was the flash plugin. When coming out of full-screen flash video, the plugin would freeze the screen or crash it back to a log-in prompt. We have to have full-screen video here for, you know, those Gaga dance videos with earth-shaking sound.

I sometimes run the free flash plugin, called Gnash, which has no freeze/crash issues, and works great on Youtube. The drawbacks are that it doesn't work everywhere, and in full-screen playback, it runs a tad slow making it hard to study those dance manoeuvers.

Anyway, swapping out the operating system is easy now that I finally got my partitioning scheme the way I want it. Putting the "/home" directory in a separate partition is a real time and effort saver. If re-installing or doing a distro swap, you set the partitioner to not format the home partition and mount it as "/home". That saves all your stuff, and you're off and running in short order.

It all gives me something to do, I learn a few things along the way, and I view it as total fun.

The hard drive with separate home partition:

2 responses to “quick debian swap-a-roonie

  1. Thanks for the tip regarding the /home partition. I'll file that for use in the future. :up:

  2. Originally posted by harrytheman:

    I'll file that for use in the future.

    Awareness is a good thing. File it for one day in the future, and only if you feel like it. Everything is 100% OK as is.Partitioning is formidable enough already without throwing extra wrinkles into it.

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