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Suse 11 Partition type

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Hello Experts,

During the install of Suse 11, one is ask about the partition type.  The default type selected is "Partition Based".  What is the difference "Partition Based" and that of "LVM Based"?  Is their an advantage between one?

As always, thank you in advance for your time on this matter.
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Hi,

LVM means "Logical Volume Management" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_volume_management); it is a new way to help you out whenever, for instance, the space that you assigned to the important Linux subdirs during installation is running short or turning out inadequate.

Very practical indeed; on the other hand, LVM is still in a 0.x version phase, and SuSE are among the few distros (if not the only one) who modified their default kernel in order to integrate LVM.

So it's basically up to you whether you wish to embrace this new technology or stick with the 'classic' way of managing volumes under Linux.


On a sidenote: Personally, i have installed SuSE on two of my new computers this year, but I never chose LVM so far (not for being conservative, but for being sceptic, I suppose). On my next installation, however, I guess I'm going to try it out.
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