I've seen and know that other people use partitioning schemes different from just a root and swap. Usually with additional partitions, but what are the advantages of having say a root, swap, var, and tmp partitions?
Splitting up your filesystem layout gives you far more flexibility when installing software, prevents your entire system from crapping out if a rogue application fills up a partition, and makes fsck faster during a forced reboot ;)
The scheme I use is:
I have a 10GB NTFS partition at the head of the disk and a 594MB shared FAT32 partition right next to it. Over time I intend to shrink the NTFS partition (I hardly ever use XP anymore), and give the space to my Linux partitions.
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