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Old 06-11-2004, 03:28 AM   #1
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Quick question about much i should give each partition?...

Hello. My name is NeoX51... and I am a linux .

I got an old laptop with 400MB that i'm trying to put linux on. I know that i should put at least 2 partitions (root -aka "/"- and "/home")...(i heard that I should put a "/user" paritition too, but this laptop wont be going online and i'll be it's only I dont think this matters). I also want to add a good 28MB or 60MB (for swap space... since i only got 4MB of ram in the laptop). Which of the 2 main partitions should get the majority of the leftover space? Is there any other partition I should create? I was thinking about leaving an extra 25 to 50MB on the side for a temp section (incase i decide to dabble in anything "dangerous" to my computer! ) Anyway... any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank!


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Old 06-11-2004, 08:45 AM   #2
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Hi NeoX51,

400MB... it's not very large so for your swap space, in theory that's 2*RAM size... But you're true, as you have a tiny RAM, you can take 32 or 64Mo for swap.
As you have a small disk, I'll advice to create only one partition (except swap space)... In fact partitions like /home are not vital as it will create a /home directory in your root partition if /home partition does not exist. Moreover, you'll be a single user, so don't worry with such problems.
I think you should wonder which distro install? probably an old one... but kernel2.2 or 2.4?...

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i forgot to mention that I was currently attemping to install Slackware 7.0 (via zipslack). And that i wasnt planning on using X, just using vi/emacs to create & compile C++ scripts (and hopefully have bash be the set kernel/terminal language).


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