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Old 08-08-2011, 01:00 AM   #1
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Linux System requirements (drive space)

I'd like to obtain a better understanding of how these are determined and what they really mean.
While that other typically pc os, has requirements for its os, then you have the additional programs (more space), data can be kept separate (really so can programs, you only need the boot stuff for the most part on the C: drive).

So what I am trying to say, is (for example) LinuxMint 11, says it requires 5gb of space. How much of that is root, how much programs, and how much is the home drive (storage)?
(are percentages pretty common, since different distro's have different specs?)
I've got a netbook I'd like to learn on, and plan on putting the OS on a flash (probably SDHC) and put /home on the internal drive. (want to make sure I have a little room to grow, but don't need ridiculous)
Old 08-08-2011, 01:11 AM   #2
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the requirements are for the installed system, which is base system+any software that comes with the distribution, however the requirement is either merely for a TYPICAL installation (base system + what the average user of that distribution is likely to install from the out of box repository (what is included on the disc), usually this is the bare minimum necessary to have a functional system with a word processor, web browser, desktop environment, music/video player, sometimes a compiler, instant messaging clients, a graphics editor, the tools/utility programs needed to maintain the system and the shared libraries needed to run the included software.

nowhere is the contents of /home taken into consideration, you need to know what kind of files you are going to be storing in /home (music,video,text,etc...) and ADD that to the minimum system requirements and as well as any additional software you might install to figure out a minimum of how much you will ACTUALLY need, the amount listed by a distribution is just a starting point.


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