- Linux Mint 19 + Cinnamon
- 1TB Samsung 970 m.2 SSD (All ~1024GB for Linux, nothing else.)
- 24GB RAM
- I am really OCD.
- ...manage the swap area to my desired size. (I don't need 24GB of swap area. Is 1GB enough? I don't use hibernate, sleep etc...)
- ...possibly set aside some unallocated space for provisioning? (Even necessary for SSD health with newer drives?) Update: The answer is NO. Newer SSD's come already provisioned from the factory so unless you plan to provision 10%, in my case 100GB which is unreasonable and irrelevant to my usage scenario, don't bother provisioning.)
- ...Encrypt the partitions / volumes that need to be encrypted.
1. Partition Sizes,
2. Partition Order,
3. Mount points,
4. File Type(s)
...are all correct for a Manual Install?
- Partition 1: boot /efi (512MB) -> fat32?
+ Location: Beginning of this space
- Partition 2: boot (732MB) -> ext4 or ext2?
- Partition 3: main partition (rest of what's available) -> ext4
- Partition 4: swap (1GB) -> swap area
The reason I have listed (boot /efi) and (boot) + the partition sizes shown is because that is what it showed in 'gparted' on my default* (Erase disk and install Linux Mint) install, therefore I had just mimicked that. Is having both even necessary?
When creating the boot partition, should I keep it ext4 (journaled) or ext2 (not journaled)? The boot partition doesn't need to be journaled correct? If so, I'm curious as to why by default LM19 creates the /boot as ext4 if it doesn't need to be journaled and why some people say to set it to ext2 since it does not need to be journaled?
* Please see the attached picture(s) of the gparted screen shot of my default* install. You'll see that the first two partitions are boot/efi (fat32) and the second partition as /boot (ext4). Also, the swap area is nowhere to be seen as it's hidden within the main encrypted volume, which is why I am not able to resize it.
It is to my understanding that only the boot /EFI needs to be first in order. Correct?
If I'm wanting to Encrypt my Home folder, should anything else be encrypted as well or is there no need to encrypt other non essential partitions such as the /boot etc... ?
Is it best to Encrypt everything or to leave everything unencrypted and to just encrypt individual folders within the system?
I'm aware that this is personal preference with the con's of encrypting your drive, potentially making it difficult for when it comes to data recovery, but I was just curious what method some of you who do encrypt use.
For the other question specifically regarding encryption and swap area, please see the 3rd post below titled:
[Linux Mint 19 + Cinnamon] How to resize swap area on an encrypted volume?
Thanks in advance to those that can shed light on this. I really appreciate it very much. Upon my hours of researching this, there are so many ways around the mountain, but all I'd like for me and for others who may be seeking this info, is a clean, basic, straight forward and concise answer for a basic manual install.
Would you be able to please copy/paste the partition info above, make edits and reply as I'll create it in that order when performing the manual install.
* I'll update the OP accordingly for those who may be seeking this info in the future.