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Linux I volunteer as tech support for a small organization. For years we relied on Ubuntu on our desktops, but the users didn't like it when Ubuntu switched to the Unity interface. This article tells about our search for a replacement and why we decided on Xfce running atop Linux Mint.
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RE[7]: Partition lock-down
by Laurence on Mon 24th Jun 2013 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Partition lock-down"
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Personal partition setup, I wanted the data partition to be fat32 to do disk image of the Linux system partition on the fat32.

Did you partition that within the Mint installer or manually before installing Mint? If the latter, then Mint wouldn't even be aware that you want that partition available, wouldn't have added it to your fstab and thus you'd need root permissions to mount it. Windows wouldn't be any different in that regard (ie you'd have to mount the drive via Windows Disk Manager).

If I had a problem I wanted to be able to recover my data partition with Windows. Ext drivers for Windows are not really reliable on writing, likewise Linux ntfs drivers are unreliable on writing.

Where did you read that? I've done some massively heavy io to NTFS drives from within Linux over the course of years (at least 6 years) and never once had a problem (we're talking music production, file servers, and such like. So pretty heavy duty stuff). Some of the writes reaching gigabytes in size. Others being hundreds for small files rapidly being written to. It worked flawlessly each and every time.

Even putting my personal experiences to one side, everything I've read to date would contradict your claims about the reliability of NTFS in Linux and ext within Windows. And while I can understand a little more reservation towards ext3 on Windows, ntfs-3g (the FUSE NTFS drivers that Linux uses for R/W access) is reliable. I'd honestly consider it more reliable than FAT32.

Fat32 is very reliable, yet lacks of "security", journaling and 4+ GB file size. But for ARM cross development, you hardly need such file size.

FAT32 is reliable right up until you hit the slightest bump or power failure, then it's game over for any data you were writing at that time. :p

Anyhow, didn't you say you replaced Mint with Win2000. I didn't think Win2000 was ever ported to ARM.

Edited 2013-06-24 15:53 UTC

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