Here are some of my ramblings; your thoughts and rambles are very welcome!
I have dual boot Windows XP on a 300gb SATA, openSuse 11.1 kde 3.5.1 on a 120Gb PATA/IDE. I installed openSuse as an experiment. I now prefer openSuse to XP (no surprise there to most of you, I am sure!)
So I am considering moving to 11.2 and kde4, should I wait until the official release, or plunge ahead with the milestone 8?
Would I lose all my settings for compiz etc?
and my apps like kmail and Firefox vBox etc?
I would like to “swap” my XP install to the 120Gb, and suse to the 300Gb as I hardly ever use XP these days, and I download “stuff” to suse, space and to a lesser extent speed would be better on the 300Gb.
I don’t, ATM have a CD DVD read/writer
stephen@linux-oqc9:~> df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb6 20G 6.1G 13G 33% /
udev 939M 196K 939M 1% /dev
/dev/sdb7 69G 33G 33G 51% /home
/dev/sdb2 11G 93M 10G 1% /windows/D
/dev/sda1 254G 173G 82G 68% /windows/C
? Is udev my “swap” ? I think I am sure I made it 2Gb, (conky says 2Gb as well) but hey ho!
I am sure I could shrink the windows install to < 120Gb.
Do I have to “clone” an install, or can I use a “snapshot” progam?
So could I make all free space on the 300Gb available and transplant my current suse install on to it, then learn how to tell GRUB that that is where it now lives?
reformat the 120Gb, and move my XP install from the 300Gb to it, and once more fiddle GRUB to make it aware.
Install 11.2 on to the newly freed up space on the 300Gb where XP was, with a bit of luck GRUB would work out the partitions (?), but tell it to share/use the /home partition already present from 11.1
then delete 11.1 and resize the partitions to make all the space available to 11.2.
I guess I would be best doing this using a bootable USB stick with some kind of skinny LINUX, or live openSuse? (or eeeek! O BartPe or another bootable DOS type mini OS)
or… simply install 11.2 to the free space on 300Gb and copy the /home to it, wipe the 120Gb and clone XP to there, then resize as above?
I know this is not the place to ask for help, but this is such an incoherent ramble I would like to invite you all to consider if this is a reasonable way of doing it, or am I completely on the wrong track?
(Mods/admins please feel free to move it if you see fit)