On 2018-06-13, BillLyte <BillLyte@no-mx.forums.microfocus.com> wrote:
> I have Leap 15(dual boot), and am more than happy with it. Considering
> putting it on my laptop as the only OS, once I get the network thing
> worked out on this old desktop, and try to understand the nVidia GPU
> problems I see. I can turn nVidia off in Windows, but not sure I can in
My advice for desktops is one hard drive per operating system. That way when each operating system wants to update its
bootloader (including Windows) it can do so with no negative side effects. On laptops, adding hard drives isn’t usually
feasible so I would advise a maximum of 2 operating systems.
> BUT>> I installed Mint on a spare HDD, and that was a mistake IMO.
> I know a lot of users here probably multi boot several distros on one
> machine, but it didn’t work out for me what with WIn10 being in the boot
> chain as well.
On my desktop I multiboot with Win7, Win10, openSUSE, Mint, and Gentoo (yes, 5 hard drives). I find the most recent Mint
(Sylvia) installer buggy, since it sometimes decide using a different /boot/efi partition different to the one you have
spespecified. The safest thing to do when installing operating systems, is disconnected all hard drives except the one
you want to install on (which is a bit of pain if you have an NVMe drive, but worth it).
> Currently I push the start button and quickly have a three selection
> menu to pick from.
> But after the Mint install, I had to jump through hoops to get to Win10,
> Win7 and Leap 15. Three screens and four or more mouse or keyboard
You should be able to control the boot order within your BIOS/UEFI. Indeed for UEFI systems, I think it is really a
> I think that was because Mint took over the whole boot process, but
> could/would not see everything. And I am not smart enough(yet) to change
> that sort of thing.
It should be possible within Mint to make whatever changes you wish, run grub-mkconfig (which should include os-prober -
although I think Mint uses update-gaub rather than grub-mkconfig), and reboot.
> Other than that, I just did not like Mint after it was installed. The
> single user thing is IMO sucky in a way.
I don’t understand. Mint allows multiple users. Rather bizarrely Mint doesn’t have the root account enabled by default
so you have to run `sudo passwd root’ to enable it.
> The ‘live USB version’ worked better for me and I could do more since in
> allows me advanced privileges.
I think live USB media is useful for repairing operating systems or trying out different desktops, but not much more.
> I do not know about other distros, but I have learned, for me, to stay
> away from the ‘buntu’ distros.
The joy that is GNU/Linux is choice. Some people much prefer all-batteries-included distributions such as Mint so they
don’t have to worry about propretiary issues concerning video drivers, codecs, etc… Others prefer a greater degree of
control, even it means batteries aren’t included at installation, and therefore choose openSUSE or Arch. Finally there
are those that need absolute control over every package, including compiler flags, and opt for a source distribution
such as Gentoo.