I have a Dell laptop (Precision M70, 1 gb RAM) with a 40 gb hard drive that is set up like this:
Mint 10: 16 gb
Win Hibernation: 2gb
Linux Swap: 2 gb
I thought I had set this up with a separate /home partition, but I discovered this over the weekend when I wanted to install Mint 12. Actually, for the last year I have been reclaiming old laptops, installing Mint on them, and then giving them to people who can use them, and I always use a separate /home, in case I need to reinstall. This, naturally, is my personal machine, and I apparently did this before I learned better.
Anyway, I have saved my data, and I'm ready to create some new partitions. Because I don't have a lot of room, I was wondering how much space I need to allocate for each partition. I expect to be installing Mint 12 (DVD edition), Cinnamon, LibreOffice, some utilites, a couple of different web browsers, maybe Evolution. The data that I backed up is only about 4 gb.
Also, will it make any difference as to which would be the "extended" partition? I seem to remember that 4 partitions is my limit.