I've been researching the basics to installing linux for the past few days and after deciding on Ubuntu, I have a few questions.
I've read that it would be wise to install /home on it's own partition. The reason for this would be so that if for some reason I had to reinstall Ubuntu, my files and settings would be safe.
I read these two guides on dual-booting Linux on a machine with Vista (http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vi...rst.htm?page=1 and https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot), but neither really addresses how to give the /home its own partition. Perhaps I'm reading really out of date documentation (http://www.control-escape.com/linux/contents.html), but maybe this is no longer required?
Another question is how do I know how large each partition should be? Assuming the above documentation is not extremely out-of-date, what are some rules of thumb on the size of the root, home and swap partitions?