That's it, I'm going to try Linux Mint.
1) I don't want to wait for so long every week'ish
2) Taking a backup of the windows partition while windows is running is quite.. annoying (permissions and locks - most software sort of crashes / generates errors) - Windows backup is not an option, what if windows won't boot anymore -> CYA backups
So I've been looking for incremental backup software that has to work on linux, as I had the idea to throw in a linux boot cd, choose "try without installing", run the software, put the backup on external HD and it's all good.
I know linux has a built in 'backup tool', but that won't do incremental right? I plan to do it weekly so with incremental backups I hope it won't take long to take a full backup (350-400GB as of now).
I chose Areca backup to be my backup program. (If you have had a good experience with something else, please suggest)
With that all in my mind I'm actually feeling the urge / wanting to try out linux
... like really try out to use it as a main OS for at least a weekend (LOL).
As of now I've used linux before with boot discs, never installed it native. I've used it for stuff like
'** windows won't boot -> boot linux to save some files'
'** windows partitioning program can't handle free space fragmented to create a single partition (like having 2x 5GB free with 1 partition in between, windows can't turn that into a 10GB partition, GParted can)'.
It's stuff like that I use linux for^^
But today I've decided, this weekend I'm going to install Linux Mint on a mini-partition I've created (50GB)
I've downloaded the ISO, downloaded Universal-USB-Installer, let it make a boot USB flash thingy, and hopefully that's all it takes. And otherwise I'll burn a disc.
I have written down the software I actually use on windows, and turns out there's a linux download for most of them, so hopefully I won't be missing too much.
Here's what I wrote down somewhat in order of importance:
Areca backup - has linux download
Java JDK - hope it's not too hard, was unsuccessful trying on ubuntu virtualbox
+> Had proxy problems I think (bug in 11.10 same with Mint, solved it already in virtualbox using dconf to set proxy)
IntelliJ - has linux download
Eclipse - should be no problem
Netbeans - should be no problem
(Yes, all 3 IDEs please)
Notepad++ - I'll see what GEdit looks like (otherwise, suggestions?)
chrome - Linux download
foxit pdf reader - has linux download, will check out the preinstalled pdf reader first though - I like the ability to add text/mark text in existing pdf's.
virtualbox - has linux download
Fiddler 2 ??? -> can't seem to quickly find an alternative. Suggestions welcome.
My most used feature:
breakpoints on requests to
1) change requests (from browser) before they are send (add/remove/alter parameters).
2) stack up like 50 requests (by pressing submit button 50 times with breakpoint active), then send them all 50 in bulk by pressing 'resume'.
basic stuff like see all the requests going out to which url and view the responses - even chrome/firefox can do this, so won't be an issue if it can do number 1 and 2.
xampp - has linux download
not that I actually use it often, but it better be ready if I need itSeems to be preinstalled on Mint
teamspeak - has linux download
wine + WoW / diablo - wine should be no problem, will see how performance is.
Will it notice by itself "Oh I see you already have another partition with Windows on, let me set up a boot loader so you can pick your OS at startup time"?
Cross OS access
can both OS's access eachother's partition? If no, would a 3th 'shared' partition work?
Like when I'm on linux, and I know I got something in my documents at windows, it would be easy if I could access that
(But I'm afraid windows sort of locks the my documents stuff)
Often there's an option for specific distributions. Often Mint is not listed, will the Ubuntu download suffice then, or just take the 'Other linux distrubution'
I chose Mint because Ubuntu and Mint were supposedly the most Windows-user friendly evironments and I did not like how Ubuntu has a fat taskbar on the left of the screen instead of the normal bottom.
I miss the way the taskbar looks in windows 7 where there's just the big icon of the program and no text - compact.
Perhaps Mint has a feature like that, but it's not that big of an issue for now anyways^^.
Can't wait for friday, Good luck me