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Re: [opensuse] How to partitioning in unallocated disk space
On 2011/12/01 23:15 (GMT-0800) Thomas Taylor composed:

a full install from DVD with darn near everything installed only needs less
than 32 GB but allow 40-50 to be safe and for future program additions.

Any normal person not compiling software and keeping all the sources and rpms on / would be hard pressed to even consume 20G on / while using a separate partition for /home. I've never come close to half filling a / partition of 10G, a size well above average in my installs. Most of my / partitions are 4.8G, some 4.0G or 4.4G, and the few most used are only 7.2G.

Better would be to split that 40G-50G recommendation into 3 each of 10G-12G or so with the remainder left as part of /home. Each of those 10-12s could be used for separate / for experimentation & evaluation, like testing of newer releases or development versions without obliterating satisfactory existing installation(s), or sampling another alien distro like Gentoo or Slackware. Put some thought into partition layout so that it becomes unlikely to need to do it again in the foreseeable future. Partitioning is not a process free of danger to your data, not something to be taken lightly no matter which tool you use to do it with.

Grub2 is actually a mini operating system with marginal documentation, gross overkill for an _average_ user who simply wants to boot one to three or five different installed OS versions on a single HD. Grub Legacy in openSUSE is perfectly capable of booting *buntu, but setting up that way means first boot into *buntu after openSUSE installation you'll need to disable *buntu's Grub2 to keep it from mangling the openSUSE boot setup the next and each successive time *buntu is updated.

Further reading:
http://fm.no-ip.com/PC/partitioningindex.html
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