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ubuntu partitions

i have a IBM laptop t40p thinkpad and i want to put Ubuntu on it, it has a 80gig hard drive, how should i set up the partitions on this drive, manually using disk druid?
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WizRd-LinuxCommented:
Leave it as automatic unless you have a specific reason not to use the whole disk.

If you want to be boring just create 2 parititions, 1 swap partition 1.5 - 2x the amount of ram & the rest mounted as your root partition /
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sanjoozCommented:
It depends on what you want to do etc.

If you just need an experimental installation just go with automatic partitions or you could create two partitions manually (swap and root).

You can also create a separate partition for /var as logging and deleting log files fragment hard drive space.

You can also create a separate partition (/export or /usr2 for example) to install all your programs, so that in case you want to swap out ubuntu for something like kubuntu or Fedora or Debian, you could do that without loosing your installed programs.

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scripttron75Author Commented:
Sanjooz, that sounds good, what i wanted to do was optimize it for this laptop i also want to be able to share with windows and vice versa.  so what should the layout be to do the partition, oh should i also had a home drive partition as well.?  please show me the layout thanks
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sanjoozCommented:
In case of a dual boot system and want to share data,  I would create a separate partition (fat 32) to share data between windows and linux.

In your case I would do this base line partition

1. NTFS partition to install windows XP/Vista (40 gb)
2. fat32 empty partition (5 or 10gb)
3. swap partition (2 X RAM)
4. /boot - 100 megs (not strictly necessary but a good idea)
5. /root (15 gb)
5. /export (15 gb)

Fat32 partition can be mounted in linux as /share or whatever name you would like
you can make your /home part of /export (by a symbolic link  or by explicitly pointing /export/home while creating user) and also install programs on /export, which would save you some grief in case your system ever crashes.

These numbers are for reference purpose only. Only you know how much space you would need on these partition depending on what you want to do.
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scripttron75Author Commented:
i only want to share with windows xp that are on other pcs in my LAN?
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scripttron75Author Commented:
I am not going to put xp on this machine i only want to be able to access a share on the linux box, what about the /ext3 partition?
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scripttron75Author Commented:
ok so how should i lay this out with a 80gig drive, it has 1.5gigs of ram oh this is a laptop by the way.
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sanjoozCommented:
/boot - 100 megs (not strictly necessary but a good idea) - ext3
swap partition (3 gb) - swap
/root (15 gb)  - ext3
/export (61 gb) - ext3
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