Ok.. So currently my brother and I have got a Dell i7 (AIO) PC running only the Batocera OS on it’s internal 1 Terabyte hard drive in our game room. An while we both love it! There are indeed times in which we feel like we should give the AIO it’s rightful computer functionality back by installing a Linux Distro (Fans of Linux Mint) and go with the grub Dual Boot option.
Only, where we’ve become stuck is after we install the Linux Distro (Mint). We are on different sides of the fence as far as the gparted partitioning is concerned. My brother thinks that for the partitioning (Linux Mint - 100g / Batocera - 900g) and I thought we should split them evenly (Linux Mint - 500g / Batocera - 500g). He states that the majority of storage should be allocated towards the games. An while I don’t necessarily disagree with this as the gaming will continue to be the primary function of this shared computer. I have backed up our current Batocera data with a 320g external drive and it didn’t even fill it up halfway.. though that could possibly all change in the future!
We usually only play retro games nowadays anyways up to N64, Ps1 and Saturn. Of course we’ve got a physical xbox (modded), ps2, gamecube, n64, ps3, and xbox360 (An don’t even use them! 🤦♂️). Batocera is certainly the classic gaming king to us in our eyes as far as our retro gaming needs are concerned 👍. My only concerns are.. is the user data backups 100% true to the initial install, configs and setup? Or will we have to go through and reconfigure every control cfg parameter for the great many games we’ve made custom remapping’s for? (in which.. geese I sure hope not!).
An lastly the computer use is going to be completely light / guest use. Web (chrome / firefox), streaming (youtube), music (streaming / local files), and maybe an occasional video download here and there (nothing crazy though). An while we both prefer Linux Mint for the majority of our 2nd hand desktops / laptops. We are all ears if someone has got a better Linux OS suggestion for a 24″ screen that you’ll be a few feet away from if there so happens to be fully featured Linux OS that has a simplified interface that is both touchscreen and user interface simplistic friendly like smart tv’s.