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Old 09-19-2010, 05:47 PM   #1
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drivespace required for linux

hi all,

sorry it may sound like a dumb question, but when you install linux it offers a drop down list on the size you want up to 30gig,

can someone please explain the difference in the install size at all, and if you were to download most of the apps through the software manager, how much extra room would this require..

appreciated for any help

Old 09-19-2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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It depends on distribution. Debian, I think, has the biggest. You get more info on web pages for your distribution. I am using Kubuntu, and I have about 20GB for system and personal files, and about 40GB for additional data (like backup, working files, downloaded files). Probably, you will need more.
Old 09-19-2010, 06:11 PM   #3
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ok thanks,

i have given linux mint a 150gig partition, so i should be safe i guess
Old 09-19-2010, 06:29 PM   #4
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Well, to make things right way, you will need three partitions for Linux. One is for system, another is for swap and the third for things that are important (including user's home) but aren't essential for the system itself. 150G that you dedicated would be more than enough. Also, you don't have to install the "whole" thing. Normally, Linux system contains components that you use everyday, these that you use once in a four months, and many you would never use at all. There's no need in installing everything. You can easily install other packages when needed (if ever). You may find useful, for question like that.

Hope it helps.

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Old 09-19-2010, 06:50 PM   #5
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The way I used to format my partitions is

/ 5-10 gigs
swap partition 2 times ram
/home rest of the space

3 paritition total.

Size for linux kinda depends on distro and what you plan to do. sometimes from 50MB to 150GB. But your not going to be able to do to much with a 50MB install. So I think you are good with what you have and do as suggested above. Just install what you need and if you need something down the road install it then.


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