Old 29th May 2006, 16:38   #601
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Nah, Xfce4 is a really good lightweight desktop. It's not as usable as something like GNOME, but it's far from unfriendly, and works very well on older systems.
Without going into particulars, xfce retains a lot of my favorite features from Gnome. It's sort of like "Gnome Lite". I sometimes use it when I'm running the unstable version of Debian "Sid". You can only apt-get gnome from the Debian repositories about half the time, and xfce is the best alternative.

Right now I'm using fluxbox, cause I don't have the RAM to support even xfce. In fact, most of the time I'm just using the console (like right now, I'm using the elinks text browser.)
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Old 30th May 2006, 11:43   #602
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the initial research i've done seems to say that once linux gets going, it doesn't use the bios to access the hard disk, but how does it get going on a drive that isn't supported?? More on that when I get back from work.

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Old 30th May 2006, 11:53   #603
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Boot from another device, like a CD or a floppy, and that can read your disk and mount your system.

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the initial research i've done seems to say that once linux gets going, it doesn't use the bios to access the hard disk, but how does it get going on a drive that isn't supported?? More on that when I get back from work.
Correct. If a drive is too big to be supported, generally you can put the boot code in the first part of the drive (which the BIOS can see).

Otherwise, you use something else to boot (a floppy, for instance).

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