Hardisk partition for SUSE

September 2, 2006 at 03:07:12
Specs: Win XP, P4-1.8/256
The contract between my office and Microsoft is over so we can't use Windows anymore. Now we have a new contract with Linux, unfortunately I have no idea about it yet.

I got SUSE 10 package and ready to install it. Prior to do that, I want to know the system requirement and what I should do to my 80GB hardisk. I want to do partition but first I have to know how big is SUSE 10 installed in my hardisk?

Thank you.
Further assistance/guidance is always welcome.

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September 3, 2006 at 23:18:10
How big it takes space in your harddisk depends on how much tools, apps, candies, etc you want. For minimalistics (basic GUI and apps), it shouldnt take more than 1 GB space (exclusive /swap). For normal users between 2-3 GB. The swap partition is about 1,5 - 2 times of your RAM.
Linux needs at least 2 partitions. The root partition (/) and swap partition (/swap). The /swap is the same as virtual memory in Windows. The root partition (/) is where you install the system. There are some filesystem types to be chosen: RaiserFS (the default for SUSE), ext3 (the default for RedHat, Fedora, Debian), XFS, JFS, Raiser4 (more advanced RaiserFS but still has some problems), etc. My favorite is XFS.
Many users use 3 partitions for their Linux systems: /, /swap and /home. /home partition is where you store user specific files. If you dont specify the /home partition than it will be saved in / (root partition). The separated /home makes sense in case you need reinstall Linux, your private files wont be got formatted (as long as you take extra care during installation process)

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