Hello forums, I have Opensuse 11.2 installed on my computer. During the install, I didn’t want to be risky so I let it do its thing. I have Windows XP on here, in a single partition (which I like). Then I have Opensuse with 3 or 4 other partitions, one is labeled Swap, the other something, etc.
Anyways, I was wondering if I can combine all of these into one partition? I really don’t like having multiple partitions just because it annoys me. If I can combine them, how do I go about doing so?
I clicked around in the Partioner preinstalled with Opensuse but I wasn’t getting anywhere myself.
Multiple partitions in any OS is a good idea. In openSuse /home retains all your setup data and a upgrade can be done without harming it. I have never understood why windows users insist on one big partition and then complain when it crashes that they have lost ‘everything’. I always have a smaller C and bigger D, all the saving is done onto the D drive so if C crashes the OS can be reinstalled without loss.
In Linux (and indeed in any OS) it is important to have different permissions for different operations.
One should require elevated permissions to install new sofware and to configure system devices on the PC. This is as much true for MacIntosh, Windows, as it is for Linux. However Windows, for example, has only recently started implementing this requirement, and it was a MAJOR defficiency in MS-Windows up until now.
Typically users who are new to Linux are incredibly frustrated by the fact that they are required at times to do things with root permissions, that do not work with regular user permissions. They typically can not tell when one needs to switch to root permissions.
But don’t worry about this, … given time it will be come second nature. … And I can’t over emphasize the importance of separating the functions that should be done with admin permissions to those that are done as a regular user.
So having enabled “all” privileges, all the time is not a good idea (saying it politely).
Everything you’ve asked for is possible with a custom install (even defeating the permissions system) for an expert.
The way windows is done, just means you end up with big hidden files in C: eg) pagefil.sys and hiberfil.sys which often end up fragmented in the NTFS filesystem. Partitioning disks has many advantages, with the only drawback that you don’t make as much freespace available, as putting all your eggs in 1 basket.
In the long run, you’ll find doing things the recommended way will make sense. Even on Windows using normal user account without Admin rights has become best practice.