||[Jan. 9th, 2008|02:51 pm]
Prospective linux fun with my Vostro. Not very coherent.
So, why am I explicitly nerdifying this post? Because it turns out that there are several different partitions on the vostro's disk... some of which I want rid of, but Dell being Dell, they did interesting things.
First off, let me tell you a little about their MediaDirect feature. It's the case that if you only want to view a DVD or something, you can hit a second power button and boot into this cut-down MediaDirect version of windows. I have to admit that it's kinda shiny as an idea, but it means that things as low as the BIOS are geared for this. It turns out that it looks for a particular signal and then boots to a prewired partition. In this case it's sda5.
As a result, they seem to have a very weird boot system. Meaning that I might be having fun with grub very soon, or I could try something strange and wonderful. Maybe, instead of having a boot menu, I just hit a button. The question is how I do it and what I can get away with. Moreover, I'd prefer it if my main power button got me to linux and the MediaDirect button got me to windows. But I've heard tell that there's some utility like rmbr that handles that. Anyway, the downside is that I'm going to be stuck on 2 OSs. I'd have liked to put a Solaris of some variety on there, but I don't think I have any primary partitions. Meh, I probably wasn't going to be debugging with dtrace that heavily anyway... otherwise it's a bit of a hog of space that I don't really have (ok, so I have 160gig, but these days it's not a huge amount)
Anywho, I'm going to have to do more research about what I can and can't delete.
The non-techy version - I still like my laptop, and can type on it relatively well (which is good because I'm going to be coding on it for college) but I've still only got windows on it.