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No. No. It used to be tricky. Pain in butt. Start partitions/ end partitions blah. Add. Subtract.
Now it is simple. Should be GUI on install. GUI does math. I want it x big!
You need root / it's called a mount point. Make it as big as you want. The partitions are just a way of allocating disk space. For instance. If you may ever want to reformat your hard-drive you would wish to have personal data on a seperate mount point. Eh?
So go ahead and create a mount point. call it rogan999. It doesn't matter. Put whatever you want to save forever in it.
Yes you have to create swap (this is twice your RAM).
Go with a simple and safe one/
/ =(root) 500 to 700 mb
/user =about 3 gig
/var =( for system log files) at least 500mb but really no more than 1 gig.
/swap = twice the size of you memory but no more then 512 mb or 1 gig is needed.
/home = this is the space for almost everything you'll be down loading and playing with. Mine is 5 gig and I've never needed more.
/storage = format this one FAT32. this is so that waindows and linux can use it to both play with the same files( mp3's and the such) its also best to use this partition to transfer files back and forth. That way you never run the chance of messing up you windows partition from linux or linux from windows. Make it as large as you feel you need. Mine is 5 gig.
Once you have the basic layout like this set up it makes everything else easier since your /home partition can be saved from reinstall to reinstall and could be set up to be shared by different distros for testing. the same with /storage
Its really not bad once you have the first few things out of the way.
pzatch, Well I actually understood what was put there.. I am a Noob to install.. but i am not a Noob to computers. I am more of a Windows Person.. I HATE it.. But never got the chance to use linux.. I am a MCSE, so things i do Focus on Microsoft.... But i am so fed up with Microsoft i want out.. So here comes My new SLACKBOX, if i can ever get it working.. But haveing this laptop and my Main Box makes it easier i can screw around on it and ask questions here...
You can cut it down to just the / (root) and the swap . But realise that if you only have the single / (root) partiton and swap anll the other partitions mentioned will then just be placed as directories inside the / partition so you'll still need the room of all the previously mentioned partitions. ( There just all roled into one larger one now)
I would set up what I have mentioned once its done its done forever. I use Mandrake and all I did was shrinck the origional windows partition down to make room for the linux stuff. Then i left the now empty area unformatted. Linux will find it and use it. Mandrakes installer has great partitoning tools included.
Just use windows or a third party program to make an empty area on the harddrive and let the distro have at it.
I am trying Slackware, But i am debating withmyself if i should go to Mandrake. Alot of people i know who use linux use Slackware.. so.. that was why i tried it. I got it almost all installed.. it went though everything.. at the end it asked for the kernal. and there was some error.. and the computer just stopped responding.. and i have to sleep so it will have to wait for another attempt till tomorrow.. but i have gotten a lot better input now so i will be redoing partitions.. I am also going with Slackware.. Cause i do not want one that is easy just cause i ama noob.. i still want to learn..