Today I had some time free to install MX-14 in place of Xubuntu. Good news and bad news:
The good news is that the cursor isn’t playing catch-up with the mouse anymore. And everything “just works” without having stupid resource-hogging experimental stuff like PulseAudio included by default, rather than as a dependency for some other heavy application like Skype, which I don’t use anyway. MX-14 is a nice little “niche” distro for old hardware like mine. It instantly recognized my printer and stuff, has most of my favorite stuff installed by default, and though it doesn’t launch some applications very quickly, they run plenty fast and I can multi-task again!
The bad news is that I didn’t use the partitioner while installing MX-14, but chose to keep my existing /home partition unformatted. I usually set up my 80-GB hard drive as follows:
linux-swap, 1 GB (twice my computer’s RAM;
/ (root) 20 GB, which is way more than enough for everything, and
/home takes the remaining 59 GB.
The advantage of preserving a /home or a /data partition is that it lets me keep all my documents, pictures, tunes, browser bookmarks, e-mail settings and stuff even when doing a new installation of an OS.
I should have used GParted instead of trusting the installer to preserve my existing /home partition. Not a big deal because I always back up before a new install anyway, but THIS is weird:
There’s a 1.42 GB “unallocated” space that wasn’t there before, and the 54 GB space that used to be my /home partition is now a “removable drive” that has to be mounted manually. Um, what happened to /home? And why does the file manager think part of my hard drive is “removable?”
I don’t think I can use GParted to fix this unless I try it from the LiveCD. I suppose I’ll try it, and if I can’t fix it I’ll just re-install the OS and define a new partition scheme during installation. Word to the novice: Do not trust the installer to do what it seems to say! GParted is reliable and proven. The new MX-14 installer is – well, new. Nice, but maybe still on probation or something.
Hey but other than MY mistake in not using GParted, it’s nice to be able to multi-task, open multiple browser tabs, and listen to music while I write this post – and all without waiting for the cursor to catch up with the mouse.