mrogovin wrote:Thanks. Next question: I have a system that has 1GB RAM, unallocated space on the now partitioned drive of about 70GB. The installation manual says reserve 1.5x RAM for a swap partition, so that is easy, 1500MB. It also says 6GB minimum, but how musch should I allocate to to root (/) and how much to /home? Note that most data (video, word processing files) will be on a network drive to make sharing easy. I'd appreciate any suggestions on the best way to partition the disk between the three required partitions (or are there others?)
I suppose you mean 6GB for Mint Install. My experience that unless you install huge amount applications (over 50 [I installed over 20 and my 14GB / partition only is only using 5GB]) you will only need 10 - 15GB. Since you'll have four users you could err on the side of caution and use 20GB.
I can't help with partition schemes since I'm the only user of my system and have only partitioned have /,/home/swap. However I would advise using virtualbox in windows or install mint for limited time to use virtualbox in Linux, to test drive how the different partition schemes may work.