Originally Posted by ce124
I'm a little overwhelmed by the linux filesystem. Should I just put all of my user files (music, text etc) in the appropriate partition under /home. Are there more efficient ways of doing this like partitioning the disk for separate aspects of the filesystem or putting 30gb of music under a separate unique partition?
The generic way is to save all your personal files in /home/YOUR_USER_NAME. You can certainly makes as many directories as you want to further categorize your files. I personally use a different disc which is mounted in a directory (/store) I made at boot up. Since I use multiple distros, this arrangement gives me access to all the common files (music, movies, documents, pictures etc) amongst various distros. My home partition contains only distro specific files.
You can refer to FHS
to learn more about the file system layout.
If I get an rpm package and unpack and './configure/make/make install' it then all of the source files are put in the right place. I'm then left with a directory for the package. Where should this live? /usr/local? I guess what I'm trying to ask is where should I download an rpm (or whatever) to before I unpack and compile? In Windows these would live in the Program Files directory under the C:\ drive.
Why would you configure/make/make install rpm packages. They come as a packaged software ready for you to install.