I've looked around the forum for threads regarding the free space/ available space on a disk, but I can't find anything that explains my confusion.
I have an Eee PC 901 with Ubuntu 8.10. The Ubuntu installation is on a 4GB SSD, with the Home folder on a 16GB SSD. I noticed today that whilst I had (on the 4GB SSD) 250+MB marked as 'free', I had 0 bytes markedd as 'available'. I understand that Ubuntu is meant to allocate 5% of the disk space for safe boots, but normally I have perhaps 300MB 'free' and 250+ 'available'. This is a sudden change.
I deleted some programs, so I managed to get 300MB as 'free' and 110MB (ish) as 'available'. I then installed a 100MBish program (secret maryo), uninstalled it, and found I only had 80MB marked as 'available', rather than the 110ish I'd had before that installation.
Any ideas what caused this? This huge difference between free and available must have appeared in the last month and a half - I pay attention to the space I have on this 4GB because (after ubuntu is installed) I only have 300ish MB left.
If anyone has an explanation I'd appreciate help
Ps - Sorry if this has come up before, but I did do several searches on the forum before typing.