Please help my decide on partition sizes!!!
First, I'll start by saying, right off the bat, that I'm fairly new to the whole Linux thing. I've been scripting in Unix for roughly a year now, and have been working as a PC/Network technician for the last 2 years employed, and have been involved with computer technical stuff since the age of 13.
I usually chill out over at www.hardocp.com
helping out with answering questions in regards to OCing and networking. But, alas, it is me that now requires all the help possible, as I am a complete newbie (...with a capital "N") to running and installing Linux.
So here is the situation. I have installed Linux roughly 4 times on 3 different machines. I have decided now that I like SuSE and Red Hat the best, so I will stick with those. In the past, due to my limited experience, I basically just allowed the OS to partition everything for me. I have experience with working with FDISK, but I'm completely lost when it comes to knowing how much space to reserve for each mount. People have said to me "just leave it as all one partition (..not including the SWAP file), but I'm too much of a tweaker to go the basic route. Not only that, but I would really like to learn as much as possible about how the professionals partition their servers and workstations.
The two scenarios are as follows:
Scenario # 1 --> This system is a K6-2 300 oc'd to 350MHz. It has 128 MB RAM, and a 20GB 7200 RPM Maxtor hard disk. It will be a dual boot system, running Windows 98SE and Red Hat 7.1
This system will primarily act as a server on my small home network. I would like to set up an FTP and CS server within Red Hat, and Win 98 will primarily be used when I have friends over playing multiplayer CS. I would like to keep at least 8 gigs for Windows 98 (2 GB for OS, 256 MB for Swap file, and remainder for program storage). The rest of the space can be handed out to Linux. As for file storage space for the FTP, I will probably add a second removable hard disk for that soon (dedicated to server files). SAMBA will also eventually need to be setup so that I can share files with Win2k systems on the network with Linux.
The question is: What do you recommend in terms of partitioning the mounts?
So far I was thinking:
/boot --> 250MB
/ --> 1.5 GB
/home --> 500 MB
/opt --> 1 GB
/usr --> 2 GB
/var --> 400 MB
/tmp --> 400 MB
/remainder ---> file storage for FTP
Remember, that the above system will have very little applications on it. I don't even know if I'm going to install the X-Window system, because Red Hat will primarily be acting as a dedicated CS server and FTP server.
Scenario # 2 --> For system specs, check my sig. Since all my HDs are removable, I will be running SuSE Linux 7.2 on a separate dedicated HD (as I want my Windows 2k drive left alone). The HD for SuSE is a 15 GB 7200 RPM Maxtor. This system will be a workstation and game center, so I will be installing the X-Windows system, probably using the KDE interface (Gnome is a possibility). Again, the question is, how should I partition the hard disk. So far I was thinking:
/boot --> 250 MB
/ --> 2 GB
/home --> 1 GB
/opt --> 2.5 GB
/tmp ---> 500 MB
/var --> 500 MB
/usr ---> 8 GB
/remainder ---> reserved for later, when I need it.
OK, sorry for the long post. Please, any assistance, comments, critisism, etc, would be much appreciated. Even if you're not sure, I would like to hear how you all partitioned your drives, and how the result turned out (eg. good, bad, not sure, etc.)
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