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File systems are a matter of taste - usually, ReiserFS is good for performance with many small files.
Root is at /
Home is at /home
- and I am pretty sure that if you create a swap partition, the system will suggest a mount point automagically.
The Linux file structure is described here.
1) Swap doesn't need a mount point, root is / and home is /home.
Format swap as Linux Swap, and the rest as whatever you happen to like - Reiser's popular enough
2) Mount points are directories where the partition gets mounted. There are various reasons you might want them to be separate partitions instead of living on root. If you have several distros, for instance, having /home as a partition means you can mount it in both distro & access all your files from either distro.
3) If you don't know, then there probably isn't any. If you don't have a specific reason to create a partition, don't bother, IMHO.
4) Perfectly normal, it's a rounding thing.
Don't get too worried about partitioning. A root, home, and swap partition will be fine for most users.
One thing to consider is, don't feel you have to partition up the whole disc - I still have about 40GB of unformatted, unpartitioned disc space on my machine, simply because I've no need for that space. If I suddenly decide I need a new partition, then I can easily add one, no need to mess around with resizing.