I am planning to install Fedora 5 onto a HD with Windows XP.
I alreay have freed space using partitioning software.
The system has 512MB ram
I am thinking of very simple format because this system will not be used by many users:
hda1 NTFS already takes 1/2 the disk
hda2 swap 1024MB
had3 \vfat VFAT 1 GB
hda3 \ LVM the rest
Do I need to have \boot on its own partition?
Is there a need for any more partitions? With Windows I usually reserve 10GB for C: where \Windows and \Program Files applications get installed and the rest is on D:
What would be the equivalent tree structure for Linux?
First, Linux uses / not \ to separate directories.
Speaking personally I would avoid LVM because it has caused me trouble in the past. You do not need to put /boot on a separate partition, but it might make things easier if you think you may want to uninstall Fedora at a later date. The easiest setup would be just to use one partition for your whole install. If I was doing the setup (for a desktop as opposed to a server) I would probably partition as follows:
I have a dual-boot machine with XP Pro and FC5 and I did my partition much like Gethyn said.
On a 80 GB drive, I have:
The LVM and the more 'exotic' file systems (reiser, jfs, xfs) are sometimes better suited for large data partitions and large files than your basic ext3 filesystem. For your basic partition needs , stick to something well proven and tested.
Wouldn't suggest using LVM
Don't use LVM if you don't realllly need it. If one of the HDDs go down, you are screwed (because the partition info for the send HDD is store in the first one). You can't access the other partitions in the other HDD. That's what I heard. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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