On Tue, 2007-11-20 at 23:36 -0500, Aaron Kulkis wrote:
This is why smart people make /home, /opt, and /local to be separate filesystems (or at least make /local a symbolic link to something like /home/local and/or /opt to be a symbolic link to /home/opt.) This should be the DEFAULT set-up for a new installation, because the uninitiated has absolutely no idea that having /home, /local and /opt on the root filesystem is setting them up for major headaches when they want to install the system.
In fact, in the install, it would be REALLY super-nice if I could specify the creation of any symbolic links and target directories before ANY packages are installed.
While I certainly agree with that smart approach to filesystems, at the very least /home. But how would such a default setup work from installation? I don't think any distro is possibly intuitive enough to know whether you wanted it in a primary partition, extended partition, or LVM. And that's just assuming you have one drive on your machine.
Partitioning strategies are still pretty much left to the knowledgeable folks who understand partitioning rules and strategies. And probably should be. How many end-users understand those concepts? And you DO have to understand those concepts in order to make the best decision. There's no way Novell or anyone else can predict a) # of drives you have, b) what partitions currently exist and what they're used for and c) what type of partitioning strategy you intend to use on your computer.