I just spent the last week installing Ubuntu in my WinXP laptop and making sure it dualboots properly (with some help from LQ)
Now that I finally have them both running perfectly, im free to experiment with Ubuntu. But then i noticed I have way way too little HD space left. I only made a partition of about 3.5 gigs for linux, and with Root and Swap, I now only have 420 left! And Ive only tried installing a few files!
The reasons why I only used so little space for the Install are:
1. I read somewhere 3.5 gig is enough space (now i realized i read an older, outdated article)
2. My old laptop only has 40 gig, and at the time i didnt delete more space from my Windows. I could make more space now.
3. Since I used a 2 gig flashdisk as a livecd and it boots and runs fine, I assumed 2 gig is the minimum and I had an extra 1.5 gig to play with.
4. I did not expect I will need a SWAP partition (only read about it AFTER i made the repartitioning from Windows)
5. I dabbled in Linux distros a few years back,and i remember i was using 1 gig to 2 gigs space (since I was using older machines, one even with only 10 gig hd space). I thought before that Linux is all about "breathing new life in old machines".
I realize now that it evolved to so much more now these days...
Anyway, whats done is done. Now my questions are:
* Is it advicable to repartition (resize) everything again? Or will it mess up the system (especially the sensitive Windows MBR and GRUB parts)
* Should I use Gparted in Linux, or a Partion Manager (such as Easus or Paragon) in XP?
* I will need to make a larger EXT4 partition, how about a larger Swap partition, or MAKE a 3rd partition for Home (I only made the 1st 2). HOME is optional right?
* It will be easier to just redo everything, delete the Linux partition from WIndows, resize partitions, and reinstall Linux again?
* If so, what is the recommended MINIMUM Size I should allocated. (I did more research and a more recent article says 6.5 gigs is enough.. concur?)
Keep in mind I only have 40 gigs and I'd still want to keep as large a size as possible for Windows. I plan to put all my media files (music, picture, vids) there since I can access Windows files from Ubuntu anyway. No need to save them in Linux HOME right?
* What is the MINIMUM FREE Space needed for Ubuntu to run ok? right now I only have 400mb left and Im amazed Im still browsing faster and smoother than when Im in windows. (in fact I find browsing in Ubuntu much more pleasant than in XP). If Windows XP only has 400mb free space left it will be crawling by now...
* In case the suggestion is to reinstall, while Im at it, Im thinking of installing Linuxmint this time rather than reinstalling Ubuntu again. Any thoughts on this?
Sorry for the long questions..
Any comments would be welcome and appreciated..
To be honest another reason why i only set aside a small space for Ubuntu install is I thought I was just gonna dabble in it from time to time, experiment. I didnt expect I'd be liking it so much that i end up using it more often than I thought I would. Who knows, maybe in the future Ill end up doing away with dual boot and just make a dedicated install of Linux :P...