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What filesystem should I choose
« on: March 23, 2009, 08:55:35 am »
I'm about to install VL on my netbook (ACER Aspire One, 1,5 Gb memoty) but I don't know what filesystem to choose, and there are quite a bunch to choose from.
I don't have any special requirements, I just want a filesystem that works but low memory footprint is good.

(I have poked around a little with a few BSD's and Solaris, but Linux is new to me)


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Re: What filesystem should I choose
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2009, 09:07:05 am »
Every file system has it's own set of pros and cons.
Anyone of them should be fine. For a couple that stand out are these

PRO: Significantly faster than any other filesystem
CON: No tools available to resize or maintain it. (if you need to shrink your partition ever, you will lose your data)

PRO: Stable and fast.
CON: Not as fast a xfs

But either one will do really.


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Re: What filesystem should I choose
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009, 09:25:17 am »

I've successfully installed Vl  in my Acer Aspire One .  Pretty straightforward.

The only 'problem' I had is ethernet not working pretty well, but as wireless is configured out of the box, who wants wired net in those little netbooks :) .

Btw, I'm sure you can configure it without much troubles, I just haven't dug enough.

To install vl I chose hosted install, and installing archlinux first in another partition.  Wanna see how?

Btw, 1.5 Gb RAM ? is it a new version? Mine is 1 Gb RAM with 120 Gb HDD (150 model IIRC)


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Re: What filesystem should I choose
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2009, 10:18:02 am »
jasse; do you have a harddrive like kidd or do you have a flash drive.
Arch has some advice on installing when you have a solid state drive. Since, these drives have a limited number of writes they can do in there lifespan they suggest using a non-journaling file system and not to use a swap partition.
Check out this link

For what it's worth, I set up my Aspire One with xfs and no swap.  It's very fast, but it is not scallable with programs like gparted. So don't use it if you think you will want to shrink partitions in the future.
Vectorlinux screencasts and  tutorials can be found at....


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Re: What filesystem should I choose
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2009, 11:15:12 am »
Thanks for the info, it sounds like I'll be using XFS because my HD (160 Gb) is already partioned in two parts for XP and Linux.

I have model 150 but I have upgraded the memory, it'll take max 1.5 Gb.
It was kinda easy. I found a video on youtube with exellent instructions how to do it.