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Old 01-11-2010, 07:53 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by David the H. View Post
I agree with the other David. A lot of advice out there is based on production use. For home users, simpler is usually better.

There's really no need for a simple laptop to have half-a-dozen different partitions. I've already said that a separate /boot was unnecessary for a desktop, and /var and /tmp don't really need to be separate either--but you do have to ensure that the drive they're located on has enough space to handle occasional large loads. A separate /home however should be almost mandatory.

I intended to mention filesystem use as well in my last posts, but forgot. Again, KISS should be the operating principle. XFS and whatnot may have fractionally better performance in some circumstances, but they come at a cost of being more complex to maintain. Specifically, many of the common low-level access and recovery tools don't work with them. Ext3 is the default because it's reliable and because it has all the tools necessary for maintenance and recovery.

When I installed this current system several years ago, I was still fairly new at this and decided to use reiserfs for all my main drives, because what I read said that it performed "better". I now feel that that was a mistake, as it's limited me in certain ways and hasn't really given me any noticeable benefit. When I set up my second system I went straight ext3. And I'll do the same with this one when the time comes to reinstall it.

But as I said in my last post, this is just my advice. You're free to try out whatever you want.
Yeah, this seems to be the best advice on this I have been given. I can agree with every thing you said there except for ext3. I am using JFS right now and am suprised. I have really been liking JFS.

Unortunately, I have already implemented the aforementioned complex scheme. It seems pretty good, though, so I don't think any change is necessary at this point.
Old 01-11-2010, 08:35 AM   #17
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I agree with the others on the simpler is better approach to your partition scheme for a single user, home system. You are needlessly complicating your partition scheme IMHO. For my laptops, I usually just do three partitions, /,swap and a large separate data partition.

This is purely a matter of personal preference but my / is usually 15 to 20GB and my swap is 1.5 X ram. The data partition gets the rest and is used to store music, pictures, documents, movies, and other large data sources. This system is very good for those that like to distro hop as you avoid having to recopy over your large data sources. You just leave your data partition alone and install on the remainder of the hard drive. Most of those new to linux wind up trying out a lot of different distros at first and a simple partition scheme where you keep the data you will want no matter which distro you might happen to choose on a separate data partition saves a lot of time on data transfer. Once you settle down on your distro choice, it probably makes sense to have a separate /home if you plan to upgrade the distro over time as new versions come out. That way your desktop preferences can be preserved over the upgrade cycle.


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