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Just starting linux



I was wonder if the following tasks can be accomplished before I start installing a linux distro.


Task one:


I believe linux doesn't have separate drives, like windows where there're different logical/physical drives.

I currently have :

1x Samsung SSD - 128 GB 

2x WD HDD - 1 TB & 600 GB

Is it possible to link all three hard drives into one main hard drive? (I believe this would be all under one root.)


Task two: (Need opinion)


I play games from time to time, so I would be using virtual box to play these games. 


should I use daul boot:

SSD - I will install windows.

HDD- Have linux installed.


Task Three:


I want to share videos on network. (In windows it is called Network Drive)

Is this possible?


P.S Is Linux good for watching video in HD (720p, 1080p, 1080i) (m2ts, ts, mkv,)?


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What distro & certification is good for network administrator?

I heard that Red Hat Certification is the best one to get.

I'm guessing Fedora should be a good distro to be using?


Hello ToxicWays and welcome to the forums!


Task 1:


You can link multiple hard disks together via LVM . The basic idea is to create a physical volume(out of the hd(s), create a volumegroup, add the physical volume to the volumegroup, Then you can create a partition(Logical Volume) where you can create your filesystem on. When you run out of space you can create a new physical volume add it to the volume group and expand the the Logical volume. Or depening on which distro you choose to use, you can do it during the install process.


Taks 2:


I would go for a dualboot and keep the ssd for windows. Most games do not work on virtual box because in virtualbox you get a virtual graphics adapter and other things you run into. I still dualboot with windows just so that I can game every now and then. There are emulators such as wine and crossoverlinux , but gaming for windows still works best.


Task 3: 


Yes you can shared files/data via linux if you setup a samba or nfs


Yes you can watch video in HD via different mediaplayers: VLC and mplayers and some others. For certain  mediaplayers you may need to install video codecs. and there's also xbmc.




Companies uses redhat mostly, so it is the certification required by most job requirements  in that area, but there are also ubuntu and opensuse certifications.


Fedora is just testing grounds for redhat, basically redhat with newest software etc, and everything used here can be used in future redhad releases


I hope that helps you out?


Thank you very much, I will look back at this post when I do install Fedora.


I have few more quick questions, not sure if they are related.


What is FreeNAS, sickbread & python ?


FreeNAS is an opensource  network storage system which you can install on your on put together system if you want to use it as nas.. See link . You can also buy nases fully installed, one of the best know nas  brand is Synology


Python is a programming language used some in parts of linux and alot of other software. Python is also used in the sickbeard script, this script you can use to search for tv series you follow and then pulls them over to your usenet downloader, my personal favorite being sabnzbd . Then you also have another script which is the same idea as sickbeard but is used for movies: couchpotato


You have different spins  of fedora , all of them are fedora but with a different Desktop Enviornment(DE aka GUI): Gnome3, xfce, lxde, and kde.


I finally installed linux mint.


I installed on a 1 TB hard drive with 3 partition.


30GB - ext4 - for the root (This will allow me to install updated version of mint and keep my /home)

10 GB - swap

900 GB - ext4 - /home


Please let me know if this is a good way to partition my hard drive.




I also got another 1 TB internal hard drive (no OS) - NTFS


I have massive amount of movies in it.


What are the step I need to do in order for my Linux Mint to see the hard drive.


Do I need to delete everything?


P.S Did some research and they are telling me to install "pysdm" want to comfirm with you before doing so.

If I remember correctly with mint you should be able to see your ntfs formated drive in mint. You can just selected and it will mount and it wel ask you for your user(via sudo) password. Then you should be able to browse your files.



Quote:Please let me know if this is a good way to partition my hard drive.

What you've described looks like a great way to partition your hard drive!

To get access to your NTFS files, as feedmebits says, you should be able to just click it and (possibly) enter your password and see the files right away. Do you see it (if it has a name, or something like '1TB volume') listed in the sidebar when you are looking at your files?


Who is telling you to install pysdm?


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