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You probably want some swap. The amount you need is dependent on your RAM and what you are doing with your system. Given the other choices, for the most part you want ext3, though I tend to keep my /root and /boot partitions as ext3 because it provides a generally simpler boot process. You certainly do not want NTFS.
Creating a seperate partition for /home is a good idea IMHO. It makes it easier to keep all of your data and custom desktop settings for kde, gnome, evolution, licq, or what have you. You can reinstall to / without overwriting your home directory. If you are going to use 40gb's, maybe set it up with like 15gb's for / and 25 for /home.
Whatever you like. I am using seperate partitions for /boot, /etc, /, and /home. /etc is where you system config files are located.
MrJBot, Mandrake will then install to the / partition.
Think of swap as virtual memory in Windows, its just some hard drive space the system will use during memory usage.
The /boot partition is where the MBR (Master Boot Record) will be held and I advised 16mb because mine about 4mb. During an install of Gentoo the documentation explained keeping it as a small partition and setting it to read only to prevent corruption. Since there aren't many files and there small in nature, you won't see the advantages of a journaled file system so ext2 will work fine. As far as swap, I always set to 1.5 times actual memory from my Windows days (that is what MS suggests as ideal). But tricky is correct, in should be smaller. But I could have sworn reading that it should equal to actual memory. Anywho, you've got 40GB to play with, enjoy.
The /boot partition is where the MBR (Master Boot Record) will be held and I advised 16mb because mine about 4mb.
The /boot partition is where you keep stuff like kernels, initrds, and the bootloaders. Basically just booting stuff, which shouldn't take up alot of space. ~20mb should be enough. Having it seperate is useful if you plan to use another Linux distrobution with Mandrake. You can also set it as read-only like gdiersing said, so you don't accidentally mess up things. The MBR is just the first sector of the hard disk (not on any partition).
Originally posted by banderson I just like plenty of room on the boot partition. I just checked and it is currently at 25MB, with four kernel versions. I do like to try things and compile my own kernels, doesn't everyone?
Sure but actually in my case it doesn't affect me since my kernels reside on my / partition...
My boot partition info and space taken up:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda1 14M 426k 12M 4% /boot