Installing Windows XP Pro SP3: I’ve been using XP Home on Limited Edition since 2003 or so, and though I don’t really need any of the “extras” of Pro, I figured since I had an extra license lying around from the laptop I cannibalized to keep Piggybacker running, why not? It will be my gaming system, and will hold my legacy files/programs. I’ll install it on my 160GB HDD, but will leave room for Ubuntu’s swap file (though the only time I actually used it was when I tried to calculate really huge exponents in Python 🙂 ).
Re- (and Re-Re-) installing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition: I’ve already shrunk my NTFS media partition (H:\) by about 250GB, so I’ll put a preliminary Ubuntu install in the free space there. This would be a more permanent setup, but unfortunately my C:\ partition needs some chkdsk massaging, so I need to install Ubuntu temporarily so I can have a working GRUB menu. After making GParted happy that C:\ is okay, I’ll delete this temporary install and move C:\ to the end of the drive so my permanent Ubuntu install can be on /dev/sda1 (which will make the coming months of data transfer and partition resizing/deletion much more bearable).
Removing Windows XP Home SP3: Next I will slowly dismantle my original XP Home install (~250GB of my 1.5TB HDD), and after I’ve made sure I’ve gotten all I want off of it, I will delete it entirely, making extra room for my Ubuntu /home directory.
Moving H:\ to /home/bgbraithwaite: I have most of my user data on my NTFS H:/ drive (music, videos, programs, articles, schoolwork, etc.), and I really want to move it all over to being /home/bgbraithwaite so I can both integrate my data and keep it totally separate from my OS’s filesystem (IMO, one of the best features of Unix-like OSes).
So basically, my computer will go from this:
- 1.5TB HDD:
- C:\ (200GB) – Win XP Home SP3 (original OS)
- D:\ (5GB) – Win XP Home recovery partition (original OS)
- G:\ (200GB) – User files (documents, schoolwork, etc.)
- H:\ (1+TB) – Media (music, videos, etc.)
- 160GB HDD:
- swap (6GB) – Ubuntu swap file
- \ (154GB) – Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition
To this (eventually):
- 1.5TB HDD:
- \ (250GB) – Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition
- \home (1+TB) – All my documents and media
- 160GB HDD:
- C:\ (155GB) – Win XP Pro SP3 (fresh install)
- swap (4GB) – Ubuntu swap file
This will make Limited Edition much easier to administer, as well as snappier whenever I use my (Linux) swap file. Hopefully I will soon be a happy full-time home Linux user! Wish me luck (and no data loss, knock on wood).
As for Python, I’ve written my first program! Admittedly, it’s just a “Hello, World!” where you can write your own name in, but I think it’s pretty cool just now 🙂 . I will post the code once I have access to Limited Edition’s data again. Woot!
UPDATE: Here is the source for my first program,
#!/usr/bin/env python # hello.py v1.0 # (20 Jul 2010) # My First Program! # Get the user's name name = raw_input("What is your name? ") # Print the name in a greeting print "Hello, " + name + "!"
You can also download
hello.py from my Dropbox, if you are so inclined.
UPDATE #2: Added screenshot.