So what kind of partitions should you make? It is always a good idea
to make the swap partition first so you specify an exact size for it.
It is also a good idea to make seperate partitions for /,
/home, and /usr. People will tell you many things about how
to divide up your disk, but it really comes down to what you want. There
are many good reasons to breaking it up into /, /home, and
/usr. For example:
- Home directories are always on their own partition and you can
upgrade the distribution without having to backup the home directories.
- /usr is where software goes, so you can keep that whenever you
- The root directory should really remain untouched, except for the
modified files in /etc and root's home directory.
Others may tell you that you must have a seperate /var partition so
log files won't fill up the root filesystem or so that the mail spool gets
its own partition. Really, the choice is yours. Experiment with it, you
can always change it later.