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|Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex Install|
|Desktop Training - Ubuntu|
The new Intrepid Ibex install provides several new features which will make it easier to install Ibex. One of those new features is a new interface for understanding how to do a "Manual " installation. Most of the time the option "Guided" install is done because users are frustrated with how to create partitions correctly. The new interface is more graphical and intuitive which will help in the process.
Here you can see the new interface warns you that after the install the new Manual install will take up the full drive.
Once the drive is initiated you will see that it will list free space. By clicking on the free space of each drive you can create partitions. Partitions are slices of the hard drive. Typically an installation of Linux will create these slices or partitions of a hard drive. These partitions create separate areas of the disk to hold multiple operating systems or to separate programs and data to aid in back-up.
Linux provides for the following partition options:
Create a /boot partition as a Primary partition and make the size 100 MB with an Ext3 file system.
Create a Swap area which is equal to twice the amount of RAM that you have on the computer. When all of the RAM (memory) that is available on the computer is used, the operating system begins to use hard drive space called a “Swap Space”. The system may also use swap space for storing data in RAM that is not being used currently. Swap space is not required, but in most situations is a very good idea. How much swap space is needed depends a great deal on how the machine is being used. The more processes that are active, the more swap space will be needed. One idea was to have a swap space at double the amount of RAM on your machine. It may be beneficial to spread the swap space over several drives as it will enhance performance.
Create a / partition which should be a least 4416 MB but probably you will want it in the area of 6 GB even if the /home partition is separate. This is also a Primary partition and Ext3 file system.
The nice thing about the new interface is that it is colored so that visually you can better understand the partitions and it provides a summary of what the colors mean with a percentage at the top.
You will want to create a separate partition for /home so that if you rebuild the next time you do not need to wipe out the /home partition you can carry it over to the next Linux install. You will want your /home partition as large as you can make it. obviously much bigger than the one in the illustration if you are saving music, etc.
This /home partition used the whole second drive as you can see in the illustration. It is using sdb1.
The Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex install will be easier for most people using the new installer.