Re: partition confusion-need basic help
Just for your records:
-A single HD can have only 4 primary partitions.
-Nevertheless, that limit can be overcome by creating a 'extended' partition, which can stay along with a maximum of 3 other primary partitions.
-The extended partition is much as a box-for-partitions. There may be an unlimited number of partitions inside an extended one. The partitions inside an extended one, are 'logical' partitions.
-Linux works equally well on a primary or logical partition.
-Logical partitions start counting from 5, no matter if the possible primary partitions 1 to 4 are defined or not.
--> In your case sda1=primary. sda2=extended. sda5=logical.
-You only need so much swap if you plan to hibernate. Otherwise it is a waste of disk space.
-If you have enough ram, say 1Gb or more, it is advisable but not mandatory to have any swap. For example, it is better avoid it if your disk is solid state.
-It is not mandatory to have a separate /home partition. Many people don't like it, and finds more handy to stick with the default setup, or to have a separate partition where to store their data (and eventually access it from two or more operating systems).
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