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Old 05-24-2006, 10:12 PM   #1
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Slackware/Partitions/Type/FS Type, etc

I have a Toshiba laptop, Pentium 4, 2 GHz, 40 GB HD, 256 MB Ram, IDE. Not having any problems booting Slack 10.2 with downloaded CD's. The laptop came with Windows XP and Office (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, etc). I want to eliminate all MS from this computer and install 100% Slackware.

Have read quite a few reports about partitioning, size, type, and so forth. I understand basically what I am reading but am confused about developing a realistic partitioning strategy.

My primary use will be business related... spreadsheets, word processor, .pdf files, and email. Heavy on the spreadsheets, email, and internet. I think I will use Opera for a browser. Mutt for email for starters. I haven't picked a good contact directory. I have used MS Outlook for a very long time, but only the contact manager and email. I don't use its calendar or task manager and am not looking for one in Linux.

I am not totally definite yet on a windows manager, although I have looked at fluxbox. I am most interested in speed. I do not necessarily want flashy graphics or gui, although a traditional mouse is good for spreadsheets and word processors.

For partitioning, I like the idea of /, /home, /usr/local, and swap. However, there appears to be logical reasons for a few more. I have seen some authors argue for many more. I don't know enough about it yet though to make a logical decision.

Although I want to become proficient with fdisk, I have looked at cfdisk and noticed FS types. Where is a good source of information to explain which I should consider and why?

Should I maximize or not? Why or why not?

I am sure that I will have more questions, I just need to get over this hump and understand that if I want to change partition strategy later that I can do that and how.

Thanks for the input. I never knew that computers could be this much fun.

Sign me wide eyed and staying up late.

Old 05-24-2006, 10:43 PM   #2
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My opinion is with one hard drive there isn't much point in having more than just '/' and swap. Back up /home and /usr/local (and all your config files) on a regular basis. If the hd croaks, you can do a fresh install and easily recreate /home and /usr/local.

wmaker(WindowMaker) is nice and light. blackbox another.

cfdisk is much easier to use than fdisk (which is fairly simple in its own right to think of it).

Maximizing I can't give an opinion on.

Thanks for the input. I never knew that computers could be this much fun.
Computers: not so fun; Linux: Lot'sa fun

As PV says: Have fun!
Old 05-24-2006, 10:52 PM   #3
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Three partitions minimum. /, /home and /swap. Also, if you have a large collection of media files like mp3, avi, mpegs, etc... make another partition and label it mp3, video or something. It'll save you lots of time and trouble when performing upgrades later on down the road. A /home partition is wise to have. If you upgrade, you don't loose all your custom settings when you perform an upgrade. My partition scheme looks like this...

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2 14G 3.3G 11G 24% /
/dev/hda5 28G 4.1G 24G 15% /home
/dev/hda6 47G 22G 26G 46% /mp3
/dev/hda8 36G 33M 36G 1% /video
/dev/hda1 25G 12G 13G 50% /windows


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