How big for a linux partition

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  1. Rommel

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    I'm thinking of installing redhat 9 and wondering how big a linux partition should be, also i was wondering if red hat 9 can see NTFS partitions

    i got 7 gigs of unallocated space, is that enough or should i make it smaller and redistribute the rest of the space to my other partitions. Should i format it with EXT2 or 3, whats the difference?

    an answer quick would be appreciated, partition magic cocks up if i install my graphics drivers hence choppy video and frame scrolling on websites. I have a readeon 9700 and when i install the drivers PM8 suddenly gives me an error 117 and when i look it up it has no real means of correcting this error. Don't tell me to go to their support pages cause it has shed no light on the situation and i know its the graphics rivers cause i have tried it out and had to revert back to previous restore poitns to confirm this.

    any help would be appreciated.

    also does it od any harm to my system if i have my hd's power down after 20 mins or is it fine to do
     
  2. Aimless

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    Make a /boot partition of around 100mb, a swap partition of twice teh amount of RAM you have, and your / partition might as well take up the rest of the space.

    Use ext3, and yes RH9 can read NTFS partitions.

    Don't know about PM.

    It is hard on the hard drives to power them up and down a lot, so I wouldn't recommend it.
     
  3. Rommel

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    I'm a bit of a newb here, the boot partition does exactly what

    i know i need a primary partition and a linux swap partition but havent heard about needing a boot partition, whats the purpose of it??

    thanks in advance


    also on my second disk i got primarily NTFS while on my first disk i went along with FAT32, while all is relateiveley undisturbed should i delete them and go with NTFS or leave it be ?
     
  4. CyberBullets

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    be carfull with ntfs, i have corrupted my partition MANY times cause i forgot to mount it properly

    (could be different w/ rh9 though)
     
  5. Rommel

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    any elaboration on the boot partition because another 10 questions have been created in my head
     
  6. Rob

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    BTW, stock RH9 does not support NTFS. There is a website that has precompiled modules against the RH kernel though.
     
  7. Aimless

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    Uhh... RH8 did... Along with every other distro in recent memory.

    And the /boot partition is where you keep your kernel and bootloader (grub or lilo) so that if anything happens to your root partition, you won't be completely fucked.
     
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    Here is the file listing for the stock RH9 kernel:
    http://www.rpmfind.net//linux/RPM/redhat/9/i386/kernel-2.4.20-8.i586.html

    And the stock RH8 kernel:
    http://www.rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/redhat/8.0/i386/kernel-2.4.18-14.i586.html

    And the stock RH7.3 kernel:
    http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/redhat/7.3/i386/kernel-2.4.18-3.i386.html

    7.2:
    http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/redhat/7.2/i386/kernel-2.4.7-10.i386.html


    You notice that they all lack /lib/modules/2.4.x/kernel/fs/ntfs.o And no, it isn't built into the kernel. They have done it for legal reasons.
     
  9. Aimless

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    :uh:

    I guess I'm going to have to think twice from now on when giving linux-related advice when it concerns Red Hat.
     
  10. Rob

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    Haha, tis OK. We all make mistakes. :big grin:
     
  11. Aimless

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    Heh, I was bashing Red Hat more than I was myself, but oh well.

    :beer:
     
  12. Rommel

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    anyway, anyone got guides for installing linux

    with the boot partition that this guy mentioned, should it be another primary partition along with the main one that will be formatted in EX3.

    any ideas, the whole idea of the boot partition has just thrown me off my plan, so i will have to download extra modules to modify the kernel to see me TFS partitions cause they have a lot of stuff that is pretty important to me and require regular use.
     
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    try asking there if u can't find what you're lookin' for here

    and i actually gave like 10G to Linux, wish i had only given like 3-5GB, but i'll prob boot in linux more wen i get broadband, never got around to configuring my modem for Linux.......
     

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