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Anaconda, the Fedora system installer, is probably the best installation program available on any Linux or BSD distribution, and the version that comes with Fedora 16, version 16.25, has a couple of visible enhancements that make it even better. One of those enhancements is support for GPT disk partitions.
Though the default disk partitioning scheme works, you may find yourself in a situation that requires creating partitions manually. At such times, you need to have a good knowledge of disks and disk partitions in Linux to create the partitions you need.
If you did not know how already, this tutorial gives you a step-by-step guide on how to proceed.
Linux Mint 10, aka Julia, is the latest stable release of Linux Mint, a desktop-oriented distribution based on Ubuntu. Just like earlier releases of Linux Mint, Linux Mint 10 is installed on a partitioning scheme with just one root file system, no separate /boot and /home partitions.
GPT is an alternate disk partition table scheme that solves two issues associated with the MBR partition table scheme. It allows the configuration of more than four primary partitions, the maximum supported by MBR, and it also supports disk partitions of more than 2 TB.
That is because with Anaconda’s LVM-based disk partitioning scheme, all available disk space are allocated to the LVM Physical Volume, which makes it impossible to recover space from the system for installing another distribution.
By default, the installer creates just two partitions on which the system is installed. These are for the root and Swap partitions. While those may be good enough for some users, others might want to create a custom set of partitions. If you belong to the latter group, this tutorial provides a guide on how to create your custom set of partitions.
If you follow common partitioning advice, chances are your disk uses several partitions. If you set the sizes incorrectly or if your needs change, you may find yourself needing to resize your partitions. To do so, you must familiarize yourself with the requirements for resizing partitions and the tools that can do the job.
While I will never encourage anybody to use Windows, any version of Windows, I do accept the fact that a significant percentage of users still have to use it. I also accept the fact that some users would like to dual-boot between Linux and Windows.
Advanced or manual disk partitioning is available for those that want to create a custom set of partitions for installing Ubuntu 11.04. For whatever reason or reasons you choose to use the advanced disk partitioning tool, this article gives a step by step guide, with detailed explanations, on how to do it.