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Started by AndyInMokum, February 26, 2016, 03:50:02 AM

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Hello everyone and greetings from a wet and cold Amsterdam.  I've been using Linux for just under 3 years.  I started off with using LMDE, I'm a little adventurous, so I had to have a go with Debian Testing.  I then migrated to the mighty Crunchbang because I wanted some Openbox experience.  I miss Crunchbang  :'(.  BunsenLabs is nice, it ain't the same though.  I then discovered Peppermint OS  :D.  I have been using this for two years and it's still my prime distro and will be for the foreseeable future.

I recently purchased a second hand laptop, a Dell Latitude e6410 Core i5 560M @ 2.67GHZ.  It came loaded with 4GB of RAM and a 160GB HHD.  It was time for some upgrading fun  :P.  I swapped out the 160GB HDD for a Western Digital Blue 1TB HDD.  The  DVD/CD drive had been swapped out for a hard drive caddy that's been loaded with a Kingston 120GB SSD.  The SSD is a 3 distro multi-boot drive and the 1GB HDD is a dedicated /DATA drive.  It's symlinked to the /home folders on all three distros.  The SSD has been tweaked and optimized for this machine.  The RAM has been upgraded to the full 8GB.  Needless to say, this machine now goes like a high octane dragster; even with LMDE 2 "Betsy" 64-bit Cinnamon, my third distro.  So you can see, I've a computer I can really play with and enjoy multiple distros.  Here's the output from my inxi -F:andy@sparky-latitude-e6410:~$ inxi -F
System:    Host: sparky-latitude-e6410 Kernel: 4.2.0-1-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Sparky 4 Tyche
Machine:   System: Dell product: Latitude E6410 v: 0001
           Mobo: Dell model: 0667CC v: A03 Bios: Dell v: A07 date: 02/15/2011
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5 M 560 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           clock speeds: max: 2667 MHz 1: 1199 MHz 2: 1333 MHz 3: 1333 MHz
           4: 1999 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ironlake Mobile
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 11.1.2
Audio:     Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio
           driver: snd_hda_intel
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.2.0-1-amd64
Network:   Card-1: Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 5c:26:0a:5b:95:ef
           Card-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 driver: iwlwifi
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 18:3d:a2:67:d6:f0
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1120.2GB (10.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: KINGSTON_SV300S3 size: 120.0GB
           ID-2: /dev/sdb model: WDC_WD10JPVX size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 20G used: 6.1G (33%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda9
           ID-2: /home size: 14G used: 3.8G (29%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda10
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.59GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb2
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 198 Uptime: 7 min Memory: 1285.3/7914.1MB
           Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.2.28
I've always been curious about SparkyLinux because I like the bleeding edge packages Debian Testing offers and the corresponding challenges.  So far, I'm really very impressed, kudos to the developers on a great job.  It's much better than going through the hassle of installing Debian and doing it all yourself.  Someone else has done the heavy lifting.  I can get on with using it and maintaining it.  I hope to be around for some time because I'm really enjoying the experience.  Hopefully, I can learn from you guys and I'll help out when I can too.  I have a Fujitsu Siemens AMILO Li3710 Notebook that's looking like a good candidate for SparkyLinux as a single boot machine  ;).
Backup, Backup, Backup.  If you're missing any of these, you ain't backed up.

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