[SOLVED] Just successfully installed PCLinuxOS Phoenix Edition 2010 and have some questions
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There are several ways you can display your hard drive partitions. Your last post wasn't clear if you found a way or needed to find a way. If you need to, the easiest way would be to open a terminal, switch to your root user or use sudo, and run either: 'fdisk -l' or 'df'. It looks like pclinuxos has gparted which is a graphical utility for managing paritions. This would allow you to manipulate the size of your swap and other partitions. Be very careful with it because you can "fsck" up your system really good too. You may also have a disk utility program or system monitor that can display this information. As you can see. there are several ways to accomplish the goal which is typical in Linux.
As a new user, the partitions probably won't impact you too much. As you gain experience and want to try various things like have multiple Linux distributions installed at once, then separating your system into partitions for root (/), boot, and home, may help. Linux has a flat file system and will appear contiguous even when spread across multiple partitions, drives, or even remote machines; there are no distinct drive letters. You can in fact 'mount' a remote drive or directory anywhere in your file system, including your desktop.
With respect to the swap size, 1 gig is likely sufficient, 2 gig would definitely be so. Some swap is good, but beyond a certain point much doesn't help. For example, I am running a laptop with 1 gig of memory. I have Firefox with three tabs open, a terminal block running top, and Thunderbird open as well as the normal background stuff. According to top, I am using a little over 1 meg of swap. You can find out how much you are using by the command 'top' in a terminal window.