okay so... i decided to leave ubuntu which i always ended up uninstalling and going back to windows (due to various problems). Long story short i read some guides etc on this website and i wanted someone to double check my options for partitioning.
I have a 120 gig hdd or so and i have 1 gig of ram. I have windows xp pro sp3 for gaming, so i wanna dual boot.
Here is my plan for the manual partitioning i never setup a swap before or done it manually.
/dev/sda1 ext3 <--- 80,000mb = 80 gigabytes right?
/dev/sda2 swap <--- 3,000mb for a 3 gig swap correct? ( i read somewhere it has to be bigger than the ram )
I never attempted to install mint linux yet! so i am not sure exactly how it looks because i have windows xp installed already there will be other paths etc.
Btw if it helps at all.. i am installing linux mint on a Dell inspiron 1501
Okay so i read around a bit more and someone says "/home" is for files like music, documents, etc so it should be on its own partition so when a new version of mint linux comes out i can install it and still have my "/home" unaffected. Also "/usr" is where all the package managers install software too? which i should have on its own partition as well? I do not want things to be wiped whenever i upgrade to a new version of mint linux.
/dev/sda1 <--- main harddrive.
/dev/sda1 ext3 <--- 10,000MB for a 10 gig spot for mint OS to be installed?
/dev/sda2 swap <-- 3,000mb for a 3 gig swap
/dev/sda3 /home <-- 60,000mb ish for all music and movies etc documents
/dev/sda4 /usr <--- 15,000mb
As you can see im not totally sure how this all works exactly... i have a slight idea i just need to make sure i am setting this up correctly. I never got into partitioning before.. i normally just install the whole OS on a big partition. Anyways how do i setup the "/usr" and "/home" i see that i install the Mint Linux onto /dev/sda1 ext3 but how do i setup the path for a "/usr" or "/home"? do i simply type "/dev/sda3 /home"?? i am not exactly sure how it works.