I've been toying around with linux for awhile...I am most definately still a newbie though! Anyway...I have spent quite a lot of time cleaning up my windows setup and all of my hordes of data. I am ready to install (once again) and setup gentoo on my box.
Any recommendations for a partitioning scheme?
I have an 80 gb and a 200gb. Right now my 200 is full of data, and my 80 has a (fairly) clean install of xp pro on it. I have used, and really come to like, gentoo. I will become my primary os, but I plan to keep xp pro for the occassional, definately unfortunate, use. I think I will drop my ntfs partition down to 25 gigs. I figure 32megs for /boot, and 1.5gigs for the swap partition...but what about the rest? Is it worth setting up a scheme that gives a few directories their own mount point? I've read about various schemes for gaming, mail, and web servers...but not really much about the regular home user. I use portage a lot and compile all of my programs; I think I once read somewhere that while something is being compiled...portage uses a temporary folder /var/tmp/portage, and that, if on a separate partition, it would be wise to give /var some room. I am security conscious, and heard putting /home on its own partition is a good start for security. I don't share my computer with anyone, so there's no multiuser environment to worry about. I use my computer for all the everyday stuff, papers, web, a little gaming, programming, music...as well as little video/audio editing/creating, and my engineering applications like pro engineer and that sort of thing. Eventually I'd like to use linux for everything.
Should my boot partition be at the beginning of the disk? Right now xp pro occupies the disk...I was planning to shrink it down, but should I move it to a different section of the disk as well?
I appreciate any input and comments :-)