Are you installing Ubuntu on a new machine and you’re not sure how much storage space the installation would need or how to partition your disk? I have a few suggestions:
- Create separate partitions for Linux installation (mounted at
/) and data (mounted at
/home). This way, you can completely wipe and reinstall your OS or switch to a different distro without worrying about data in your home directory.
- A typical Linux installation doesn’t need a lot of space. I allocated 20GB for my root (
/) partition purely based on some guess work, but I’m using only about 7.2GB in that partition. If I’m starting over again, I’d go with a 12 or even a 10GB partition. (You’re a lot more likely to eventually run out of space on your home partition than on the root partition.)
% df -hl Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 19G 7.2G 11G 40% / udev 2.9G 4.0K 2.9G 1% /dev tmpfs 1.2G 996K 1.2G 1% /run none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock none 2.9G 2.8M 2.9G 1% /run/shm /dev/sda6 93G 78G 11G 89% /home