Hi, great topic for newbies, thanks a lot !
I became a happy new Linux Mint 8 "Helena" KDE CE 32-bit user just a few days ago and came across this topic, so I got doubtful about my current system and will appreciate your input.
Previously I had openSUSE on my system (for almost a year, since I finally became "Microsoft-Free"
). Both 32-bit and 64-bit worked well enough for me but in the end I kept the 32-bit version due to a better and mature support (besides, as I only have 3 GB RAM, I thought that a 64-bit didn't made a lot of sense).
Since openSUSE's partition manager is very smart and powerful (according to different sources) I was thinking to keep the default partition scheme suggested by this tool (at that time) and use it now for Mint too.
Current partition scheme (250 GB HDD):
/dev/sda1 - 200 MB EFI boot
/dev/sda2 - 2 GB swap
/dev/sda3 - 20 GB / as (ext4 "ordered")
/dev/sda4 - 180 GB /home as (ext4 "ordered")
/dev/sda5 - 30 GB hfs+
All partitions are "primary" as I use a GUID Partition Table (GPT).
Mostly I use this system (XPS laptop with a 9 cells battery) for very simple everyday stuffs (none critical) and I always keep a backup for all my personal files on a couple 320 GB external HDDs.
Also, as a 2010 goal, I want to learn and become proficient on Blender 2.x (open source 3D content creation) and Drupal 6.x (open source content management platform)... just tutorials and simple things for now.
After reviewing this topic, looks like my swap partition should be a 1 GB tops (or 768 MB as I also have a 256 MB nVidia chip set for video ? ).
If I manage to upgrade to a 4 GB RAM, should I better change to a PAE (36-bit) or a 64-bit Kernel maybe ? If so, what swap size would you recommend ?
Is it aright to keep “/” and “/home” as “ext4” and “ordered” both ?
For better speed and reliability Fred recommended a 10 to 12 GB for “/” on Mint 7 (under ext3). Would that still abide for Mint 8 and ext4 or do I keep my default 20 GB for it? (FYI: I'm not really a software junkie anyway).
Edit: Hmm... perhaps those are just too many questions and I should open a new topic for my own?
Edit2: moved to a topic
of its own
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Linux Mint 8 KDE CE 32-Bit
OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2
Dell XPS M1530 | Core 2 Duo T8300 CPU | 3 GB RAM | 256 MB nVidia GeForce 8600M GT | 250 GB 5400 RPM WD HDD