I’m building a new computer and have questions concerning the openSUSE install. This machine will have 8 Gb of RAM and 4 hard drives. I’m going to install the OS on one of the hard drives and set the other 3 up with LVM RAID 5. On RAID I will store my files which I will make available with SAMBA and NFS to the other machines on the network. I want to use a 64 bit OS due to the amount of RAM I’m using and the fact that there is now a flash player available. I also intend to use XCFE to cut down on resources used. Here are my questions and concerns:
My current 11.1 64 bit install requires me to either give permissions or mount as root via the command line to make the dvdrw, and usb drives available to user. I can’t mount as I could in 10.3 with a right click due to hal. Is there a fix or better way for this? I’ve tried editing /etc/fstab but I have several different external hard drives and pen drives and don’t really want to make an entry for each.
I have both ATI and Nvidia video cards available. I will be using dual LCD monitors. Which is easiest to set up and have the best drivers? I had trouble with Nvidia and the pae kernel with 32 bit installs. Recommendations?
Any other recommendations or pitfalls you see before me?
Re; In the past - I can’t comment on Gnome but in KDE3 auto mount seemed much simpler and happened without fail.
Many users are finding problems getting the hang of KDE4 - as far as auto-mount is concerned.
I can’t see the problem myself. Everything just works, even if slightly differently. There is certainly no need to issue the command from a terminal. Whatever I throw in the tray or plug in the usb it pops up in Dolphin.
FYI: I’m agree with Geoff on nvidia, but then I have no experience with ati.
With 8 GiB RAM, whether you use XFCE, GNOME or KDE is not going to matter much. Similarly using 2 displays, rather implies you ought to be choosing the desktop based on what works best for you.
With 4 disks, if you care about performance I’d much rather use RAID 1 for most of OS, and RAID 10 for data (consider having /var there). You could stripe the non mirrored area, and use it for /tmp, or temporary download files, browser cache type thing, a fast area for unimportant transient data.
The space you apparently loose on mirroring, ought to be mostly gained back by not dedicating a whole disk to the OS, and sizing it sensibly.