According to the User Guide, 6GB is the recommended partition size
You might want to recheck that 6GB figure or the date on that User Guide. My /home partition on this computer is over 400GB. From the fdisk -l
/dev/sda1 * 63 97659134 97659072 46.6G 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 967005648 976773167 9767520 4.7G 82 Linux swap
/dev/sda3 97659135 967005647 869346513 414.5G 83 Linux
This article should help. http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2010/09/...tem-structure/
It explains a bit about the Linux directory structure, which is completely different from that of Windows.
You should be fine with a / (root) partition and a /swap partition.
If the distro you choose offers automatic partitioning, that will be the likely result unless you choose to partition manually. Most distros offer automatic partitioning as part of the install routine (Slackware notably does not).
The old rule of thumb was swap = 2 x RAM
, but that was before the days of computers with four or more GB of RAM. With with 4GB of RAM or more, my rule of thumb is swap = 1/2 x RAM
you like to hibernate your computer, in which case /swap should be more than RAM, because hibernation files are stored to /swap). (This particular machine has 16GB RAM because I wanted it to.)
I generally set up a root partition to hold everything but /home, a separate /home, and a /swap. The reason for this is that my personal data resides on /home, so I can reinstall the OS to / without disturbing my existing /home.
(By the by, not a word of the above paragraph would have made a bit of sense to me ten years ago. Five years ago, I might have understood about half of it.
Linux means learning, and learning is good.)
This LQ thread should also help: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...on-4175449299/