/ is where all the stuff you dont assign a seperate partition goes
/dev - devices, not too big put it in /
/proc - freekey wierd process folder put it in /
/mnt is where the links to your floppy and cdrom drives go, put it in /
id put theese on a seperate partition:
/home is your files - the ones you create and the settings for your programs. (it should be big enough to hold your mp3 collection :P)
/usr and /opt is where the things you install go
/var and /tmp is where random files programs use while there running go
on my computer 100gig
/usr and /home are boath on seperate partitions and / is everything else
if your worried about space only make 1 partition '/' and everything else should go in there - linux should only take 5 gig.... if you have a lot of space, partitioning helps improve performance a bit, so seperate your partitions if you want.
as for space required:
my / partition is currentally 3 gig full with 2 gig to spair
my /usr is currentally 11 gig out of 13 gig
and my /home is 41 gig out of 70 gig ^_^
im using gentoo however, and doing a lot of whackey development stuffs, so im sure you could easily fit umbuntu on 12 gig... maby 6 for the system and 6 for /home?
Last edited by crm; 08-15-2005 at 10:34 AM.