-spam- wrote in post #5793463Seconded
Now, back to the topic at hand. How come I cant get a heap of my programs to look at anything outside the root folder? I have music and photos on another partition but I cant get at any of them in programs like Lightzone or RawTherapee.
Sam - what does:
show? If you cd into the /mnt directory, and do an ls what does it show?
You probably can't see anything cos it's not mounted. Linux is not like Windows - everything is a file, even devices. In order for you to access that "file", you must mount, i.e. attach it, to the running kernel. Something like (in general) (and as root):
mount -t [filesystemtype] [device] [mount point]
ie for a DVD burner, it'll probably be something like:
mount -t iso9660 /dev/sc0 /mnt/dvd
Depends on the type of device, the type of native file system etc. The above is only a quick hack of an example.
I'm not sure if you already know this stuff, if you do, just ignore my comments
I used Linux as my sole desktop (no XP, no dual booting) from 2001 through to early 2006. It's definitely do-able, don't get me wrong, but it just takes a *lot* more effort to maintain and stop it from breaking. True, I was running Libranet, and pinning to both Sarge, Etch, Sid and Scud (stable/testing/unstable/experimental reps for Debian for those that don't know). It takes a bit of skill and time and patience to pin and not break your system like I was doing. Why did I do it? Well, I wanted the latest in k3b, kde, xfce4 as well as Evolution and lots of other apps. Ubuntu is basically Debian unstable btw, not that it's really *that* unstable, it's just that Debian is *very* fussy on package stability, and packages not having bugs.
I'm a big RMS fan (Richard Matthew Stallman), as well as FSF, saw him do a speech at Sydney uni a few years ago and he was awe ispiring. He still is. Sadly, whilst I morally agree with his thoughts on software etc, it is impracticle in a modern world, a world that seeks to destroy his ideals due to corporate greed. Whilst I like Linux, and its ideals, and in fact just only a few years ago, I was a diehard Linux supporter, I've learnt to realise that the PC is just a tool to get a job done. Since I don't like to make my life difficult all of the time, I chose to move back to Windows and learn Photoshop.
For those thinking I'm bashing Linux just for the fun of it, my new box will be triple booting XP 32 bit, Vista Ultimate 64 bit and Debian GNU/Linux amd64 port (note I said Debian GNU/Linux, which is the *proper* way of addressing Linux imho). My current box will be delegated to a sole Debian box, might convert it into a DNS server yet and host my site, thinking about it. My old old box will be converted into a Solaris 10 machine, and I'm due to drag the Mac out (running Panther). I might even dual boot Debian/freeBSD on the current PC lol. I'm really a UNIX guy at heart.