This Linux Swap Space Mini-HOWTO describes how to share swap space between Windows and Linux. **Do these instructions still apply to Ubuntu in 2011? How should I modify the steps for Ubuntu?
Is there a better approach to sharing swap space?**
Based on the HOWTO, it seems best to create a dedicated NTFS swap partition:
- Dedicated so the swap file will be contiguous and remain unfragmented.
- NTFS so both Windows and Ubuntu can read/write to it. (Or is FAT32 better for this purpose?)
Then, configure Ubuntu to prepare the swap space for use by Linux on start up; by Windows on shut down.
I want to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my X301 laptop. However, my laptop only has a 64 GB SSD, so I would like to conserve as much disk space as possible.
update: There is an alternate method using a special driver for Windows that let you use a Linux swap partition for temporary storage like a RAM-disk, but it doesn't seem to be as good…