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    Hi I'm new to this distro and am looking forward to using it on my Thinkpad

    I have a setup so far that consists solely of W7. I have an 80gb HDD and allocated 20gb to W7. I'm not too worried about space b/c I don't store stuff on my computer. I have music on my PDA, flashcards, and DVD's.

    I set up an extra ext3 partition that is 8gb for OpenSuse. I'm not a noob to linux but am not an expert either. I was wondering if that 8gb is too little b/c I use 8gb on another laptop I have with Ubuntu w/o any probs!

    What I really am asking for is I noticed that you can divide up the partitions to /swap, /root, and /home. I have 1.5 gb RAM and can easily extend that ext3 b/c nothing is after it. How big should a /root be and a /home???

    Thanks.

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    You should call it just /, not /root, which actually does exist, and is the $HOME of the superuser.

    I would give a little bit more to / so that you have room for more software. Perhaps 12 or 16GB. Mine is over 8G and I use KDE. If I had both GNOME and KDE it would be larger. But then I probably have quite a bit cached in /var/cache/squid.

    You can allocate the rest of your space to /home, where user directories live.

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    ah. So /home would be my pictures, music, and personal programs right? If that is so then:

    / = 12gb
    /home = 4gb
    /swap = 2gb

    I don't use hibernate but do use sleep once in a blue moon. Would that swap be fine with my /swap size???

    The partition setup is different than the Mint and Jaunty I've done so it kinda threw me off earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emeraldgirl08
    Hi I'm new to this distro and am looking forward to using it on my
    Thinkpad

    I have a setup so far that consists solely of W7. I have an 80gb HDD
    and allocated 20gb to W7. I'm not too worried about space b/c I don't
    store stuff on my computer. I have music on my PDA, flashcards, and
    DVD's.

    I set up an extra ext3 partition that is 8gb for OpenSuse. I'm not a
    noob to linux but am not an expert either. I was wondering if that 8gb
    is too little b/c I use 8gb on another laptop I have with Ubuntu w/o any
    probs!

    What I really am asking for is I noticed that you can divide up the
    partitions to /swap, /root, and /home. I have 1.5 gb RAM and can easily
    extend that ext3 b/c nothing is after it. How big should a /root be and
    a /home???

    Thanks.
    Hi
    As ken_yap says I would configure as such,

    sda1 windows (20GB)
    sda2 - home (40GB)
    sda3 - extended partition with what's left
    sda5 - / (What's left ~17-18.5GB)
    sda6 - swap (1.5 - 3GB)

    Home is closer to the centre of the drive at sda2, so will be a bit
    quicker to access your data.

    Swap at the end, as these days it doesn't get used much.

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    Default Re: parition sizes

    I would say, depending on what extras you plan to install, use:
    / = 8 - 10 gb
    swap=1gb
    and the rest /home.

    If you are storing data to an external drive or usb, then you could use less for /home.
    If you are going to be installing a lot of extras, go with Malcom's 17gb for /. This will probably allow the system to be upgraded to a future version that needs more space in / because the basic install has become so large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whych
    I would say, depending on what extras you plan to install, use:
    / = 8 - 10 gb
    swap=1gb
    and the rest /home.

    If you are storing data to an external drive or usb, then you could use
    less for /home.
    If you are going to be installing a lot of extras, go with Malcom's
    17gb for /.
    Hi
    Using a little bit extra for / also helps if your burning DVD's
    (~4.5GB or ~8GB if Dual Layer) because it will cache to /tmp unless you
    specify an external drive (if/when on is connected).

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    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    Using a little bit extra for / also helps if your burning DVD's
    (~4.5GB or ~8GB if Dual Layer) because it will cache to /tmp unless you
    specify an external drive (if/when on is connected).
    What I normally do with k3b is change the temporary directory to somewhere with more space. It could be a subdirectory within $HOME or somewhere you use to store lots of data, in my case /home/data which is a separate partition.

    Also k3b will tell you how much space it needs and how much there is before doing the image creation.

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    @Malcolm.

    I have a desktop I use for transcoding and other AVI tasks. Heavy duty things are relegated to that unit. I don't plan on creating anything disc related with my laptop except burning ISO images. I'd like to stick with a small /home size. I'm thinking of making this a 20gb partition now.

    9 gb for /home
    10 for /
    1 gb for /swap

    @Whych

    As far as upgrading goes can't I just clone the /home partition and insert it into the next OpenSuse? That way I won't have to dedicate the twenty to that part??? I know I'm being miserly but if I can do 20 gb with W7 I'm sure I can do it with Linux right???

    Edit:

    Don't know if I'm making any sense so please bear with me
    Last edited by emeraldgirl08; 27-Aug-2009 at 18:11. Reason: ahem

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    On Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:26:02 +0000, whych wrote:

    > I would say, depending on what extras you plan to install, use: / = 8 -
    > 10 gb
    > swap=1gb


    I tend to make my swap the same size as the memory in the system in case
    I want to/need to use hibernate functionality. It's always been my
    understanding (and seems to be backed up by a few things on the web) that
    hibernation uses swap space to store the RAM image, so if swap is smaller
    than RAM, you can't use hibernation.

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    Jim Henderson wrote:
    > On Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:26:02 +0000, whych wrote:
    >
    >> I would say, depending on what extras you plan to install, use: / = 8 -
    >> 10 gb
    >> swap=1gb

    >
    > I tend to make my swap the same size as the memory in the system in case
    > I want to/need to use hibernate functionality. It's always been my
    > understanding (and seems to be backed up by a few things on the web) that
    > hibernation uses swap space to store the RAM image, so if swap is smaller
    > than RAM, you can't use hibernation.


    That is almost correct; however, the hibernate image is compressed,
    thus it could be a lot smaller than RAM size.

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