[Solved] LM 17.1 default install... or manual partitioning?

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[Solved] LM 17.1 default install... or manual partitioning?

Post by tomliotta » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:12 pm

Installing LM17.1 on a IBM T61 laptop. If there'll be no Windows nor any need for dual-boot of any kind, is there good reason not to do the simple default install? Is there some reason I should manually set partitions other than the way the default install does it?

I installed LM 17.1 on a R61 and spent time making (Linux newbie guesswork) decisions on partitions. I just now installed fresh on a T61, and I'm comparing the two. Now I wonder why I tried to guess how to do it right, since the default setup also looks like it's fine for future upgrades.

Are there significant manual changes that should be done for LM 17.1 installs for a basic ex-Windows user? (Just a "user", not a Linux developer nor anything tricky needed.)
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Lenovo W510 ThinkPad,Core i7, 12GB, 320GB HDD (LM17.3 64-bit)
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Re: LM 17.1 default install... or manual partitioning?

Post by Pjotr » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:16 pm

No reason to do it the "difficult" manual way, when the easy automatic way is just as good. And in this case they're both equally good.
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Re: LM 17.1 default install... or manual partitioning?

Post by exploder » Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:17 pm

For most the automatic partitioning is just fine. Some people create a separate home partition in case they need to re-install, it preserves Firefox bookmarks and other settings.

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Re: LM 17.1 default install... or manual partitioning?

Post by tomliotta » Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:12 pm

AFAIK, most useful Firefox settings (and some others) are easy enough to preserve simply by copying appropriate files to USB or wherever. But is the issue specifically for re-installs? Or does it apply to future possible upgrades also?

There are so many posts in who knows how many forums, and I really haven't yet found one that says "Just run the install, and the future will be fine (unless you want dual-boot or some other special setup)." Granted, the vast majority seem to want dual-boot or whatever. But 'just Mint' works great for me.

If there's nothing more I need to look into, thanks to both of you. Your responses apparently confirm my (limited) review conclusions.
Tom

For LM12: Old IBM T22 laptop, 512MB, 40GB HDD (w/LMDE12 dual boot), CD-RW/DVD, USB 1.1 and on-board Ethernet
For LM16: IBM ThinkCenter M52, 4GB, 500GB HDD (w/WinXP dual)
Lenovo W510 ThinkPad,Core i7, 12GB, 320GB HDD (LM17.3 64-bit)
and 2 others.

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Re: [Solved] LM 17.1 default install... or manual partitioni

Post by tomliotta » Mon May 04, 2015 5:16 am

Since there are no solid contrary comments, I'm turning this into a [Solved] question.
Tom

For LM12: Old IBM T22 laptop, 512MB, 40GB HDD (w/LMDE12 dual boot), CD-RW/DVD, USB 1.1 and on-board Ethernet
For LM16: IBM ThinkCenter M52, 4GB, 500GB HDD (w/WinXP dual)
Lenovo W510 ThinkPad,Core i7, 12GB, 320GB HDD (LM17.3 64-bit)
and 2 others.

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Re: [Solved] LM 17.1 default install... or manual partitioni

Post by tomliotta » Wed May 20, 2015 11:21 pm

Found one potential issue with the default install. I picked up a cheap Lenovo T500 laptop that only had 2GB memory and installed LM 17.1 64-bit to run through a bunch of initial testing. Once everything was seen to be working well, including basic performance tests, I bought a couple 4GB DIMMs and upgraded it to 8GB. The default install partitioning is now not quite appropriate, having only a 2GB swap partition.

The most troublesome part is that the default swap partition is at the end. Resizing the other partitions therefore takes a little more care.

Default partitioning works well as long as the partition sizing matches eventual desired sizes. Of course, manual partitioning has the same potential issue.
Tom

For LM12: Old IBM T22 laptop, 512MB, 40GB HDD (w/LMDE12 dual boot), CD-RW/DVD, USB 1.1 and on-board Ethernet
For LM16: IBM ThinkCenter M52, 4GB, 500GB HDD (w/WinXP dual)
Lenovo W510 ThinkPad,Core i7, 12GB, 320GB HDD (LM17.3 64-bit)
and 2 others.

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