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Old 09-29-2005, 07:09 PM   #1
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Question Partition space


After searching the forums in vain for any similar threads I found myself in the position of asking you *nix people yet another question, this time on disk partitioning.

I own a laptop which has a 90GB disk equally split into two different partitions [C](omatose) and [D](evelopment) of 45GB each. These are used depending on the purpose, i.e. D drive contains all development related apps, projects, ebooks, and a zillion other things, whilst the C drive hosts all other types of apps.

Now correct me if I'm wrong here,
* I was thinking of installing a Linux distro on my D drive. Can this be done at all?

* If so, I would, of course, have to partition it, which I'm more than willing to do. However I have no idea of how much space I'd need! In your opinion what is the (average) recommended space for a Linux distro which will only be used for (C/C++/and not much more) development -- all other stuff (word processing; gaming; whatever...) will be done under Windows.

Thank you very much for taking the time.

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Old 09-29-2005, 07:46 PM   #2
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You actually might want to check into a LiveCD like Knoppix. It will allow you to save any work on your current hard drive partitions (without touching them) or on a USB drive, or any thing of your choice and it comes with many developmental applications already installed (including KDevelop).

Even tiny distributions like Damn Small Linux (50 megs) include libraries to compile C code. So the size is as big or as small as you are willing to make it. Zero (LiveCD) to a few gigabytes, depending on what packages you have in mind. The cool thing about getting a LiveCD is that you can boot it up and use it on any computer you want (school, work, library, etc.) and load up your work with a floppy or thumb drive on-the-go, too.

* To answer your question directly, you can allocate free space on a given partition to install Linux without a problem.

* I would recommend two gigabytes, just to throw out a rough number, if you are *only* installing development packages and none of the other goodies. That is the amount I would use, whether it be wrong or right, I've never looked at the bare-minimum requirement for Linux.

Edited to include links.

Last edited by flower.Hercules; 09-29-2005 at 07:49 PM.


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