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For me, i use 8-10 gigs for / and 20 gigs for /home on my main distro. Plenty of room for files and such. For experimenting i use 7 gigs for / and 5 for /home. Also I use a cool 1 gig for swap, Just in case . . . although i admit Ive never used more than 75 megs for swap before.
I use 2Gb for swap, for one reason only: In PCLinuxOS, you need that for re-masters. I love messing about doing remasters!
I tend to use 8Gb for / and whatever's left for /home. I used to keep a separate /boot partition once, but that's not really necessary any more, because the kernel/lilo shortcoming that prevented it being run if it was more than a certain distance into the Hard Drive, no longer exists.
Do people not running a server really gain anything by multiple partitions of a single Linux?
Only for what people use thier system for. For developers it may be one thing, for desktop users, another. I use /home for all of my music files and other multimedia stuff. if my system gets tanked I dont have to worry about trying to get it back, I just retrieve my files with the next install.
we are using RedHat as a samba server, we have a separate partition for /home "disk quota per user" then we have another separate partition /shares "disk quota per group"
I know that is very poor design to have your file server on one disk but we are very small and budget doesn't permit to buy separate drives.