Building a Massively Multibooting Machine

I'm getting a computer all my own this week and so I'm very happy. Now I'm not your average computer user and so i don't intend to use my computer for mundane things like just browsing the web and listening to music. I intend to turn this computer of mine into a Massively Multibooting Machine. First things first, what is a Massively Multibooting Machine (from now on referred to as MMM). Well, normally your computer boots or loads into memory one and only one operating system. For most people that will be some version of Windows. However it is quite possible to configure your system to be able to load more than operating system. Now that doesn't mean that you can run more than operating system simultaneously. You have more than operating sytem installed to your hard drive and you choose at startup which one it is that you want to use. A growing number of people who are moving to Linux from Windows normally double-boot Windows and Linux. Currently that's what I do. But there is really no reason to stay limited to just two operating systems. In fact a few months ago there was a post by person who had managed to create a multiboot system of over a hundred operating systems.

Now my plans are nothing as ambitious. I'll be happy to boot about five to six operating systems. Right now my plans are to install the following:

  1. Ubuntu
  2. Arch Linux
  3. PC LinuxOS
  4. Fedora Core 5
  5. FreeBSD
  6. Minix3

Now as you probably know, it is not recommended (in many cases not possible) to install more than OS onto a single hard disk partition. Luckily for me, I have enough space on my 80GB hard disk. So I can certainly make about eight 10GB partitions, six for the operating systems and two to store my documents and music. I've posted a thread on the Ubuntu Forums asking for help, because I am uncertain as to how to go about the process of making sure that each Operating System is installed without interfering with the others. If you have any experience please leave a comment. I will be continuing with this tomorrow and will keep posting updates until I actually manage to set everything up properly.

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Yahoo! Now you can Google your Notebook!

As the title shamelessly screams, this post is about Yahoo! and Google Notebook. Yahoo has released it's new homepage to public use, and it's a nice change from what it had earlier. However I can't help thinking that it's just a tad more cluttered than what it was before. Personally I don't really use Yahoo! at all. I've almost never used it's search and I only used it's mail briefly. The use of AJAX is quite nice though, but it would be nice if you could customize it, like Netvibes, or even personalized Google homepage. Yahoo! has always been somewhat of an oddity for me, I never really understood why it was around, or what it was used for. I mean, Google's used for searches, Flickr's used for pics, but what's Yahoo! used for? Yes I know it's a portal, but I never really found a use for it and so you could say that I am a bit indifferent to what happens to it.

On to Google. Now that's a company that I see a lot of. Firstly I use Gmail, and firstly as well, I use their search everyday. And my first blog was on Blogger (though I quit that in six months). Now I like Google, despite all the hype about privacy loss etc. etc., for the simple reason that they give me free software and services that really are quite good. But of late, Google has been a bit disappointing. Blogger hasn't had any real improvements (like categories or stat tracking) for ages, the main page deserves a bit of an overhaul and many of it's newer products seem distinctly half-hearted. Take Google Notebook for instance, It appears to be a direct competitor to Del.icio.us, it lets you "bookmark" content on the web, add your note to it, categorize it and save it. But there is no tagging system and you can't place content in multiple categories. Like I said before, half-hearted. Another similar example is Google Calendar, which loses hands down to more mature apps like Kiko or 30boxes.

Maybe it's about time that Google stop rolling out new products and take more care in improving and integrating existing ones. It is beyond me why Google is so keen to roll out clones of existing popular services, when it would be easier to just integrate existing services with ones that Google already has. For example, wouldn't it be great to have Gmail, Blogger, Del.icio.us, Flickr and your calendar app, say Kiko, all seamlessly integrated into one great Web 2.0 interface? Google, slam on the brakes and give your policy a good look through.