I am about to install my second distro on my SSD. I need to go over what I am about to do in Gparted so I dont accidentally mess it up before asking questions.
In order of partitions
/boot- ext2 - 50-100MB
(swap)- 16GB (2x RAM 8GB)
/home - size of my distro
/tmp- minimum 500MB
/usr- ext2 - 2GB-16GB depending on the amount of software packages
This is a screen shot of my current partition with Ubuntu 12.04 installed now.
Now one thing I notice is that the "extended" partition, and the "swap" partition are color coded and in the same square box to the >>right.
According to my Ubuntu Linux book I should have a:
^partition at the front of this disk. Along with that /boot partition the partition should also be an ext2. That is for partitions with data that does not change frequently.
Next is my:
^Where does it go? What should this look like when I create a /root partition? According to my screent shot, is the /root partition missing? Or is it another one of the partitions listed but labeled differently?
^This one is pretty self explanatory. Do I need another swap for another distro while dual-booting? Or should I increase the swap that is already created, if that is even possible?
^Size of my distro which means this is just the space where I put my dual-boots? And then there's:
^The book does not even list an example of this partition or give a description. It just says I should have one along with my installation. It should also be a minimum of 500MB. Maximum?
^Another partition I do not see in my current system. Also required as ext2. I believe these are partitions I can add later, but I'm not sure how much I need in relation to how many packages I'll install. This is my personal computer and I use an average amount of programs for basic everyday needs. Music/movies/gimp/downloading/reading/browsing and that would seem complete. If a minimum is 2GB then I could probably live with that. With only 94GB of space it doesn't seem like wasting space is a luxury presently.
^This partition holds the bulk of the system logs, package information, and accounting data so it doesn't seem like a bad idea to make this partition mandatory with a fair amount of space. Well this is missing from my current system too.
So here are my final thoughts:
I can edit these partitions later with Gparted. So I feel that it would benefit me to do that before setting up a 2nd distro for dual-boot. Also should each of these partitions be made twice for each distro? So I can expect to split up my partition table so that there is enough space for each distro to have a swap for both distros? That will equal 32GB in my case. I dont think I need 2 swaps though, right? What about the rest though?
Last question. For the 2 partitions that are labeled ext2 does that mean the remainder of the partitions should be labeled ext4?
Thank you for taking the time to read this. It can help others in the future. I have done tons of reading the last 4 days on several subjects on Linux, and my eyes are feeling a little burned out. And yes I do plan on upgrading with another HDD and right now Im working with what I can.