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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for replacement of Parted Magic
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:08 am 
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trevellyan wrote:
For what it's worth, I also want to mention that I can't remember the last time I encountered a PC with less than 512MB of RAM.


While it is true that new hardware has more RAM, there are several scenarios in which a relatively-small amount of RAM is available.

Just to mention a few of such relevant cases:
_ testing / evaluating / repairing older systems;
_ refurbishing older systems (e.g. for donation);
_ testing UBCD in VMs (which means that less than half of the host's RAM is available).

In other words, new systems in 1st-world countries are not the only "typical use" of UBCD.

Independently, UBCD should always try to use as minimal resources as possible, perhaps with alternative (not default) options for taking advantage of more resources when they are available.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for replacement of Parted Magic
PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:11 am 
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ady wrote:
_ testing / evaluating / repairing older systems;
_ refurbishing older systems (e.g. for donation);

I do both, and stand by my comment about RAM in this context. Specifically with regard to refurbishing older systems, I wouldn't claim to have refurbished an older system if I hadn't made sure it had at least enough RAM to run a lightweight desktop, which seems to imply at least 512MB nowadays. In fact, I'd be embarrassed to deliver a system with less than 1GB and call it "refurbished".

ady wrote:
_ testing UBCD in VMs (which means that less than half of the host's RAM is available).

Not sure I understand why you'd do this on such a low end machine, since with virtualization you can set the specs you want regardless of the host, but OK.

ady wrote:
In other words, new systems in 1st-world countries are not the only "typical use" of UBCD.

I'm not thinking only of new systems, but it's true that my personal experience is limited to 1st-world countries.

ady wrote:
Independently, UBCD should always try to use as minimal resources as possible, perhaps with alternative (not default) options for taking advantage of more resources when they are available.

Trying to use minimal resources is a valid goal, as is trying to take advantage of new norms. Trying to do both in one package adds complexity. Since I'm not involved in developing UBCD, I won't try to evaluate whether that's worthwhile.

I'm not saying anything is wrong with the way it is now, just offering my viewpoint.


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for replacement of Parted Magic
PostPosted: Tue Aug 12, 2014 3:22 pm 
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well Parted Magic just broke for me for one use. Flash.

I don't have flash on my browser normally because of security issues, so when I need it I just boot something light like Parted Magic.

The script that downloads flash broke today. I dug into it and it has to pull something from http://beefdrapes.partedmagic.com/flashplayer/ and that's been removed as of today.

I can boot something like lubuntu instead though. I usually boot UBCD -> super grub2 -> "everything" --> and then just boot the ISO directly. All of the ubuntu ISOs are "loop bootable" in this way. No need to burn any more DVDs (and the majority of their ISOs have not fit on a CD in a while, the CD is about to go the way of the floppy.)

Edit to add:

1. boot ubuntu or another flavor
2. open a terminal
3. $ sudo su -
4. # apt-get update && apt-get install -y flashplugin-installer
5. # exit
6. $ exit

and then launch firefox


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for replacement of Parted Magic
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:54 pm 
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There is a project called NTFS-3G which is a driver for NTFS. But not sure if it can be used to do partition resize. Also not sure what it would take to build the NTFS-3G driver for UBCD

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NTFS-3G


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 Post subject: Re: Suggestions for replacement of Parted Magic
PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:35 pm 
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@milindck: ntfs-3g is already included in the build. It's what gparted relies on for NTFS support.


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