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Old 12-13-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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Filesystem/partitioning reccomendations?


On a 320GB Laptop, I'm considering paritioning my disk like this:

20GB Windows Vista NTFS (Mostly just to use iTunes or any other programs that Wine doesn't like)

40GB Ubuntu System Parition, ext3 (this is my main OS)

20GB ext3 openSUSE System partition (or any other OS, basically a parition to experiment with distros

11GB ext3 Gentoo System partition (Basically, I'm using this only for cinelerra and video editing, I'll set up a minimalist DE and disable unnecesarry services so that it will be as fast as possible)

4GB Swap

230GB JFS /home partition


I have a few questions about this setup:
Is it possible to have my home folder shared between all the linux OSes?

What are the pros and cons of XFS, JFS, EXT3 for the /home folder? Which is the safest? Which is the fastest?

Is 40GB big enough for the Ubuntu partition, if that's my main system folder?

Is 20GB big enough for vista? Seeing as I'm using it the least, I'd like to give it as little space as possible.

Will having a large Swap slow down my system? I wanted 4GB so that if I suspended to disk, the entire contents of the 4GB of ram would fit on the disk.

Does anyone see immediate problems with this setup?

Thanks!
 
Old 12-14-2008, 03:52 AM   #2
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Hi,

1. If you are using iTunes to synchronise media you might need some
additional space in Vista to keep the media files or you might consider
installing the ext driver for Windows (works quite slow in my experience).

Another thing you can do is create a FAT partition which will be
accessible form all of your systems, which is an OK way to share the
data between multiple OSes.

2. Do you really need 40GB for Ubuntu root partition?
As far as I have seen, it doesn't tend to grow above 10gb unless you install tons of packages.
And considering your home partition is separate I doubt you will need
so much space (unless you are installing a database, revision control
or some other application which will take space in /var).

3. You can share your /home partition between the OSes, but you need to consider this.

a. You might have file permission problems if you use the same user in all the systems.
The reason for this is some systems use different starting User ID (RedHat starts at UserID 500 and Ubuntu at UserID 1000)
so you might have a similar user name but different UserID and UserID is what counts.

b. You might have problems with shared configuration.
For example you install a GTK theme engine on Ubuntu and use an engine specific theme.
If the same engine is not installed in other OSes you won't be able to
use the theme, and because the theme setup is written in the configuration you will see an ugly UI.
Another example if you use Firefox there might be incompatibilities between the configurations in different versions(for example plugins compatibility).

However if you are using different Users with different home directories this setup won't be a problem.

Regarding what file systems to use, it's a hard question because people use file systems which fit best for their purpose.
The best way is to search for reviews and decide what fits you.
On thing I would like to point out regarding ext.
If you reboot a lot, having a large ext3 partition mounted on all OSes
will cause a lot of desk checks to occur(the default is every 30 reboots as far as I remember).
You might change this via tune2fs but it will make your FS less reliable.

Hope It was helpful.
Best Regards and good luck.
 
Old 12-14-2008, 05:28 AM   #3
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Quote:
20GB Windows Vista NTFS (Mostly just to use iTunes or any other programs that Wine doesn't like)
That's a little tight for Vista, unless it's Vista Home.
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40GB Ubuntu System Parition, ext3 (this is my main OS)
The fastest part of a hard drive is the first partition, which is where this OS should be if it's your fave.
Quote:
20GB ext3 openSUSE System partition (or any other OS, basically a parition to experiment with distros
Allocate this one "high"... meaning... put it in the slowest section of the hard drive since it's just a "playground" and speed is not imparative (towards the back side).
Quote:
11GB ext3 Gentoo System partition (Basically, I'm using this only for cinerella and video editing, I'll set up a minimalist DE and disable unnecesarry services so that it will be as fast as possible)
Maybe put this one just before the "testing" partition (open Suse) since it's not as important as your "main OS".
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4GB Swap
A little large if you're just a "home computer user", and if you find you're using swap allot, make it your first partition to take advantage of hard drive dynamics where the first partition is the fastest.
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Is it possible to have my home folder shared between all the linux OSes?
Yes
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Is 40GB big enough for the Ubuntu partition, if that's my main system folder?
Way too much if all data will be stored in another partition, 20-25 is plenty for the main Linux OS. You may want to allocate more if Vista was your "top dog".
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Is 20GB big enough for vista? Seeing as I'm using it the least, I'd like to give it as little space as possible.
My Vista Ultimate takes over 20GB after updates, I use it about as much as you proclaim to use yours. 20GB does not give me enough space to load it up with software and still have 15% free space incase I loose my marbles and decide to de-frag.
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Will having a large Swap slow down my system? I wanted 4GB so that if I suspended to disk, the entire contents of the 4GB of ram would fit on the disk.
Are you into software designing, or running intensive proccesses?, if you're just a "home computer user", chances are you'll never use that much swap and you're wasting disk space.
Depends on how much RAM you currently have? If you have 4GB ram, and you're just an internet surfer, or game player, you can probably eliminate swap all together.

Last edited by wet-willy; 12-14-2008 at 05:40 AM.
 
  


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