i installed successfully in my laptop (dual boot with vista)…caf4926’s post is quite useful!
please explain me the following:
After installation i cannot see the linux partitions after logging in windows vista…is this usual?? Or is there any trick access linux folder/partitions from vista?.I can see only the windows partition…But i can see all the partition in ‘disk management’.
What is the minimum memory needed for home, root and swap.
Is it possible to install all Linux (i mean home, root and swap) in a single partition?? If possible how to do it? and what is the minimum memory needed in this case?
thanks you verymuch for helping me
The root / partition (without /home of course) uses between 4 and 6 gigs, depending on how many extra apps you install of course. I always give most of my disk for /home as this is your working space, make it as big as possible. I use only 256 megs for my swap partition as I have seen over the years that it is rarely used, especially since I have 2gigs of RAM.
Home and root yes, but swap no, although you might theoretically be able to run with out any swap. Try it and see what happens I would say that 6 gigs would be a good minimum, but again, try it and see.
> 1. After installation i cannot see the linux partitions after logging
> in windows vista…is this usual?? Or is there any trick access linux
> folder/partitions from vista?.I can see only the windows partition…But
> i can see all the partition in ‘disk management’.
Windows has no standard way of accessing file systems used in GNU/Linux,
in your case probably ext3 (but also ext2, reiserfs etc…) There are
tools available From your asking, however, I can see that the best way
for you is to have a data exchange partition using NTFS/FAT, which both
operating systems can access.
> 2. What is the minimum memory needed for home, root and swap.
See openSUST sytem requirements page. Depends on usage.
> 3. Is it possible to install all Linux (i mean home, root and swap) in
> a single partition?? If possible how to do it? and what is the minimum
> memory needed in this case?
Your home directory can be part of the root file system, but to
facilitate system upgrade it is recommended to have /home in a separate
Swap is optional but recommended. Swap can be a file as well as a
partition, most have a separate partition because of better behaviour in
terms of fragmentation.
Hi both of you…thanks…
I use suse linux only for emacs,pico,xmgrace,gnuplot and molden. Also for writing small, simple C programs (less than 100 lines). Then i will compile and use them…Also for simple fortran compiling. Also i will use from terminal/konsole window i need to connect some server/computer using ssh -l username -X number…
In the future (say after getting good experience will switch to suse completely)…
From your reply i think 20gb should be sufficient and 2gb for swap and i planned to install home and root in a single 20gb partition and swap 2gb partition.
During installation…i select edit/expert partition setting i will select a 20gb partition and format it using ext3 (seems this is good!) and mount it on root (just selecting ‘/’) after doing this can i again select the same 20gb partition and format it using ext3 and mount it on home (just selecting ‘/home’)…WILL THIS WORK ??? is this the correct way of selecting same partition for home and root??
I assume you know where one can do the above option…(in the bottom you will see resize, edit, …)
After that i will select the 2gb for swap by formatting using swap option and in mount on…here i will manually type ‘swap’ (big ‘S’ is not allowed!!! i learned it when i did yesterday??)
I think growbag’s suggestion is easy for me…
waiting eagerly for your suggestions (sorry for bugging;))…after that i will start installing…
> No, what you suggest will fail, and won’t allow you to install.
> You don’t have to specify a /home, it is automatic.
> Simply set the main partition to be /
There is one advantage to putting /home on a different partition than /. When it
comes time to move to a new distribution, a complete install will leave your
user files unaffected. With only a single partition, an install will delete
Okay…so i just select the root (’/’), mem of ~20gb and with format options i will select ‘ext3’ and mount it as root (i.e., ‘/’) in edit/expert partition option…and 2gb for swap (i.e., format option as swap and mount it…i just type ‘swap’)…after finishing this…i will get a usual window with all my selected options…
For /home what will it show???
will this will be automatically mounted on root???
or it won’t show anything about home!!!
I prefer to be in a single partition for home and root and separate for swap…
At the present situation i dont want to make separate…and i won’t update the distribution for at least 1 yr…remember i am a perfect beginner for linux
Although I’m not too sure that you understand what swap is. I’m not being condescending or anything, but you do know that swap is used for memory paging only? IE you won’t ever see it or be able to do anything with it?
Basically it means that you lose 2 gigs of disk space.
It’s not a swap file as under Windows (unless you do as Andreas Steiger said earlier and set it up that way - I have no idea how, sorry).
You will have to create 2 partitions, your main (/) partition, and your swap. Although personally I wouldn’t waste 2 gigs of disk space on a swap file.
Why not just try it and see what happens, all you can lose is time. Learning by trying has always worked for me
You can always simply re-do everything until you are satisfied.