Query about installation - drives and partitioning

On almost every distrobution of linux, the installer wants to create several linux partiotions, My question is, why is this behavour forced? I know that the linux kernel is very flexible and does support instalation into a folder on a fat32 hard disk, you can boot live cd images from dos that way using loadlin.exe

Whilst disk performance may be reduced a small amount, its worth not having to resize your partitions and possibly screw them up. (Must stop else this post will become a rant)

Hi
Swap, root and a home partition as a rule of thumb. Having home on a
separate partition makes it easier for upgrade/reinstall. l don’t do
upgrades and just run swap and root for a single disk install.

Then use rsync to backup home data to an external drive.

On my SLED system I have 4 disks with two swap partitions, two /boot
(one for a backup), raid0 for root and have raid1 disks for home.


Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
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On Fri, 2008-09-26 at 02:46 +0000, MIKE-STAMP wrote:
> On almost every distrobution of linux, the installer wants to create
> several linux partiotions, My question is, why is this behavour forced?

It’s not forced. And AFAIK, openSUSE doesn’t try to create a lot
of partitions. Most will want at least a / and /home… that’s not
that many. If you include swap, you may also find that /home (for
example) is in an extended partition… that’s just for down the
road flexibility in case you don’t take up the whole drive.

> I know that the linux kernel is very flexible and does support
> instalation into a folder on a fat32 hard disk, you can boot live cd
> images from dos that way using loadlin.exe
>
> Whilst disk performance may be reduced a small amount, its worth not
> having to resize your partitions and possibly screw them up. (Must stop
> else this post will become a rant)

With regards to NTFS resizing… defrag first. I’ve never had
a problem if I do the defrag before doing the NTFS resize in openSUSE.

Older distributions did support usmsdos filesystems… not sure
what is doing what today…

“Then use rsync to backup home data to an external drive.”

As a NON TECHNICAL user am very nervous about getting into these bits.

Many of us NON TECHNICAL as ADMIN fear more our kids going crazy should we loose there HOMEs :wink:

Has copy for back up of HOME data been made easier for we NON TECHNICAL users - some of us quickly lost by hidden files, etc…

As wishing upgrade be nice if back up/keep all Homes was an option in the install process.