>>What I would do
is boot up the Ubuntu live cd and use gparted to prepare the disk.
formatted the partition in ext3 and it showed up as available in the
>>I believe you've not told the installer that you want to use this
partition as the root partition (normally signified as /)
After formatting the partition, I was
able to tell it which partition I want to use.
>>That looks way too small. It needs just about that in /boot,
to be able to
hold the current boot image and one to replace it at the next
Then you need room for, at least, /etc, /bin and /sbin, plus
is required for /usr, /var and /home if you don't put them on
partitions. My root partition is currently using 266MB, so I
can't see it
being much less than half that for a minimum _if_ you have /usr
and /var on
separate partitions. If you don't, /var can easily require
many GB (var is
extremely flexible since it holds all the log files, caches,
spool, so policy can make a huge difference to the size it will
and /usr should probably be at a bare minimum 3-5GB.
I've got 10 GB to use; I'd like to put
the Linux equivalent of "My Documents" on a separate partition, formatted so
both Linux and Windows can read/write to it. I think that'd be FAT23, right? Or
is there a better option? Also, what folder do I mount to the "My Documents"
And what's the suggested size for
the root partition? If I should make a swap partition, how big? (And I mount
/swap to the swap partition, right?)
Thanks to everyone who replied; I've
almost got it, and I'm learning a lot!