In Linux it is always best to have a small core system and have your data safely stored on another partition or partitions. Your core system doesn't need to be any bigger than is necessary to hold all your programs and have working space work for your tasks.
If you have your data on data partitions your /home folder only has the user's config files in it. And the folder icons if you have your data partitions mounted there. In that case you don't need a separate /home partition. The small size of the /home folder doesn't justify another partition.
If you have all your data stored in your /home folder then you do need a separate /home partition to isolate your data and keep your core system partition as small as is realistically possible.
All the generally accepted partitioning schemes work towards keeping the core system as small as possible and the most critical files as close to the outside of the disk as practical.
To be quite honest with you, this isn't so much an opinion as it is a fact.
EDIT: At the risk of being too honest, I think your whole approach to your up coming partitioning problem might be flawed. Let me explain. There are some quite knowledgeable people on this forum. I would name a few that I know of but I fear I would leave somebody out. But you need to remember that for the most part this forum is frequented by relatively new users. I think that taking a consensus opinion as to how to partition on this forum, you will be at least as bad off after it is over as you are now. There will always be well meaning people happy to give you their misguided opinions.
I would suggest that you look around the forum and read some of the posts of people that you suspect might know what they are talking about. Find somebody that you think has the knowledge as demonstrated by their previous postings and follow their suggestions. Don't be tempted to mix and match ideas from multiple people. I am reminded of a picture of a horse designed by committee that looked like a 3 humped, 5 legged, dyslexic camel. Pick someone you think has the knowledge and is willing to share it with you, close your eyes and go for it. You really will be better off in the long run.
Last edited by Fred
on Sat May 17, 2008 10:44 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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