First Basic Questions for Newbie
I am a newbie to Linux entirely but somewhat comfortable using DOS when provided the instructions so here goes.
I have downloaded and cut an ISO disk with Mint 12 which I want to do a clean install to a spare system that I have. I also grabbed a copy of the manual and several of the other guides to help out.
MSI 785GT-E63 Motherboard
X64 Based PC
AMD Penom II x6 1090T Processor (6 cores)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX-460 video card
Kingston KVR800D2/1GB (4 gigs total RAM-have ordered some new RAM to take this up to 8gb)
Two Western Digital 10,000rpm Raptor SATA drives
Lite-On ATAPI iHBS212 Sata DVD/Blu-Ray Burner
What are the various differences between Mint 12 LXDE, Mint 12 KDE and Linux Mint 12,? Based on the info above which one is probably the best choice for me as a newbie to proceed with? I mainly am an Internet/Email user but also dabble extensively in photo and video editing.
I want to set up a Raid 0 drive so does Mint 12 have that option? Ran a search and starting copying some notes from this and other forums but not quite sure if the answers I am looking for were answered. Is doing so an option when you begin the install of Mint 12 and do I have to enter the MB BIOS first to set up the Raid array? Saw a lot of discussion between software raid and hardware raid and that was not quite clear as what the difference is. My understanding of computers is that you need the software to enable the hardware to work but that didnít seem to be what the discussion was about. Bottom line Ė Does the Mint 12 install give you the option to install a Raid 0 array and is this really a good idea for a newbie? I back up religiously and am not worried about losing data should a drive fail.
Should I use the 64 bit or 32 bit?
Guess that should be a good enough start and hope someone wonít mind helping out.