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Hungry Man
15th July 2012, 02:00 PM
Windows 8 and Fedora 17.

Is there anything I should know about Fedora and a SSD? I know on Windows some things change automatically.

I have 8GB of RAM, i5 520m, ATI 5650.

I also wanted to move my /home/ to an NTFS shared partition between the two to save on space. What do you think of this?

DBelton
15th July 2012, 02:11 PM
Stevea created a pretty good guide for using SSD's on Fedora.

Check out the guide here:

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=277082

If you still have questions, then by all means ask. :)

But.. I would have to say... Using NTFS for your /home is a bad idea. You lose the linux file permissions, etc... plus ntfs is slower under linux than a linux filesystem.

My recommendation would be to set up a /home folder as ext4, or whatever you use, then create a separate partition that is NTFS to store data you wish to access from both systems instead of putting it in /home.

Hungry Man
15th July 2012, 02:15 PM
True. I hadn't thought of the file permissions.

Yeah, I suppose I'll just have to do that. Thanks for the reminder, that would have been a mistake.

I'll give that guide a read too.

Another question - I'm not really comfortable with SELinux for various reasons (not trying to start an x VS y thing) - can I use AppArmor?

edit: REading the guide, great stuff so far. This is exactly what I wanted.

DBelton
15th July 2012, 02:21 PM
I suppose you could use AppArmor. I am not too familiar with it, so really can't give you advice on it, though.

But, SELinux has come a long way in just the past few years, and works fairly well right out of the box (so to speak) and unless you really need to lock things down tight, would probably be sufficient without any messing around with it.

I would suggest giving SELinux a try first. For one, it's supported by Fedora, and they pretty much keep the policies updated for packages in the Fedora repos.

Hungry Man
15th July 2012, 02:24 PM
Yeah I won't jump straight to AppArmor I'd jus tlike the choice.

The thing abotu SELinux is that, while I recognize its advantages (not being name based being the largest imo) I like the ability to write my own policies. If there isn't a policy for, say, Pidgin I'd have to write one myself - this would take a few minutes with AppArmor but much longer with SELinux.

I'm also coming from Ubuntu where I had multiple custom profiles that I've backed up.

I'll give SELinux a shot though.

DBelton
15th July 2012, 02:32 PM
There is some documentation on SELinux around..

Like the Fedora docs:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/13/html/Security-Enhanced_Linux/

And the Fedora wiki:
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/SELinux_FAQ

and just a general guide to security:
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/17/html/Security_Guide/index.html

Hungry Man
15th July 2012, 02:34 PM
Thanks. I'll have a look at some profiles and I'll likely be able to handle writing some generic ones.

As an Ubuntu user is there anything I should know?

Oh, and how do I get Cinnamon working? I've wanted to try that for a while.

edit: Time to go pick up the HDD. Thanks so much for the information, I'll read up more when I'm back.

DBelton
15th July 2012, 02:57 PM
guide to installing cinnamon:

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=274611

You also might want to check out some of the guides here:

http://www.fedoraforum.org/?view=fedora_setup

Hungry Man
15th July 2012, 05:46 PM
Thanks. Just bought the drive. I doubt I'll have many more questions abuot setup - all of the documentation is really clear.

DBelton
15th July 2012, 08:13 PM
Yes, that guide is a very good one. Stevea did a really good job putting it all together.

However, there will probably be questions pertaining to Fedora. Feel free to ask away in here. :) You will be better off starting a new post if your questions aren't related to installing and setting up a SSD.

Just a quick recommendation.

Fedora is different from Ubuntu in the fact that Fedora doesn't allow any closed source/copyrighted/proprietary package in their repo.

This means, that most audio/video codecs and proprietary video drivers are not available from Fedora. There is a companion repository that has most of what you will need, though...

Look through the guides and find the one for installing the rpmfusion repos, and also look at Autoten. Autoten is a nice application that will install a lot of the extras for you, like just about all of the audio/video codecs and Adobe flash player, etc...