Gentoo Archives: gentoo-user

From: Eric Bohn <bsee_1991@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Recommendation on how to format my new drive
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 23:34:02
1 I've found 128MB to be fine for /boot. If he wants to play around with non-Gentoo kernels, then it will be nice to have the extra space to store the kernel source tarballs (~40MB ea). In addition, its usually a good idea to have space for backups, and probably bitmaps for the boot loader and OS splash screens. IMHO, 128MB is safely big enough and acceptably small even a 60GB HD.
3 Most new dual booters use Windows as their primary OS, at least until they get experience with Linux and decide how they want to customize it for their use. If you don't install alot of applications, 10GB is plenty enough (60GB is fairly limited space for dual booting). Actually I've gotten away with 5, but my primary Linux (Gentoo) partition, including /home, is now 15GB; 10GB is a decent compromise for a new user. If he decides to create a separate partition for /home, then 10GB is plenty big enough for the rest of Gentoo. Not all programs install in /home by default, some install in /opt or /var. These are calls he will have to make as he gains more experience with Linux. In any case, there is nothing that can't be adjusted later with G-parted or some other tool.
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