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    3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD (HTPC)

    Hello

    I have been reading various Ubuntu HTPC setup guides and several of them recommend when installing Ubuntu to create 3 disk partitions. One for root one for /home and one for swap. Is this needed when just using a small 60GB Solid State Drive ?

    All media data will be stored on another server PC.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by cwkid; January 9th, 2013 at 02:34 PM.

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    In my opinion a separate /home is a needless complication:
    https://sites.google.com/site/easyli...ome-partition-
    (item 15, right column)
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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    It's not really necessary, and I rarely bother; not that there aren't times when it's useful. With an HTPC, you might not even want to bother with swap at all.

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    Wow fast replies thanks guys!

    I still haven't bought the parts for the HTPC but planning on using an Intel DH67CF ITX Media motherboard, i3 2105 IGP, 4GB RAM, 60GB SDD etc. And XBMC.

    I am very new to both Linux and XBMC having come from a Windows Media Center background but hoping to migrate if things work out well!

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    I managed to install Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop on a test PC OK. However want to swap to Ubuntu Server 12.10 but having issues with the boot CD at the moment.

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by cwkid View Post
    I managed to install Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop on a test PC OK. However want to swap to Ubuntu Server 12.10 but having issues with the boot CD at the moment.

    if you want to swap just uninstall the desktop environment and you will basically get the server edition. then install the server packages you want/need.

    if you are reinstalling - make sure md5sum of the image is good and that the burn is good (if you are using DVD).

    also what is the benefit of SSD in this PC?

    and also have you checked this project: http://www.mythbuntu.org/
    Easy to understand Ubuntu manual with lots of pics: http://ubuntu-manual.org/
    Do i need antivirus/firewall in linux?
    User friendly disk backup: Redobackup

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    To be honest, SSDs are so cheap now, it's often cheaper to put one in rather than a basic mechanical for boot purposes. They're pretty handy for media centres, being fast, low profile, low power, low heat, and cheap!

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    Hi

    OK I am installing Ubuntu Server 12.10 now, CD booting OK I had something set wrong in the BIOS.

    Under Partitioning I selected Guided - Use Entire Disk - Install LVM
    or something along those lines.

    When I get to the desktop how can I view the partition information? To see what partitions have been created etc.

    I always use SSD drives in HTPC's they make them boot fast.

    I could just use OpenElec but I want to learn about Linux / Ubuntu and have a system that is not restricted in what I can do with it etc. XBMCbuntu is another option but my friend who builds Linux HTPC's for a living recommended using Ubuntu Server and XBMC.

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    and also have you checked this project: http://www.mythbuntu.org/
    I'd steer clear of Mythbuntu if you're just after a box to stream content from the web or a source on your network. XBMC will do that job with waaaaaaaay less bother. MythTV is the route to go down if you want to watch and record TV, but is pretty complicated and fiddly to set up (or it was the last time I looked at it). XBMC you just install it on top of Ubuntu, set it as the default DE and you're done.

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    Re: 3 Partitions needed? When using small SSD

    Now its asking me what predefined collections of software I want to install ? It never asked me this on the desktop version of Ubuntu.

    OpenSSH server
    DNS server
    LAMP server
    Mail server
    PostgreSQL Database
    Print Server
    Samba File Server
    Tomcat Java Server
    Virtual Machine
    host
    Manual package section

    I just need the bare minimum for a HTPC build.

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