Linux – the best partition setup for a linux installation


As a general rule, what is the best partition setup for a linux installation?

I currently use three different ones, one as a swap space, one dedicated to the /home folder, and another one containing everything else.

Are there better setups, with partitions for other specific linux system folders?

Best Answer

For general setups, your partitioning scheme is fine. Just ensure that each partition is of adequate size. I tend to allocate twice the amount of RAM for /swap and then split the remaining hard disk space 33%/66% for / and /home.

Having a seperate (small, ~200mb) partition for /boot may be advantageous though if you are using an ext2 partitioning scheme and required if you have encrypted / partition. Generally though, putting /boot on a seperate drive is from the old days.