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i have to repartition my hard drive to install linux and was wondering how much space is recommended? i was planning on 100-115MB. is that enough?
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First I quote the Linux Installation HOWTO;

"It's conceivable that you could run a minimal Linux system in 10 megs or less, and it's conceivable that you could use well
over 100 megs or more for all of your Linux software. The amount varies greatly depending on the amount of software you
install and how much space you require. More about this later."

Not very precise ... which is normal !

I would say, that with X and very few softwares you may run within 200M ? Myself I have 400Mb and I find it difficult to always be at 90% full. And do not forget that you need a swap partition (min 16Mb?).

Note: Debian allows a very fine selection of packages that will help you save disk space (but it cost time to select what you want and can cause some problems: for instance the X include files are not included if you want a minimal X ... so a minimal X means no compilation of X softwares !)

Hope this helps,
Christophe Raffalli
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