formatting hard disk..what do I not know?

Damian Piotr Melniczuk 146343 at
Fri Apr 25 19:27:46 BST 2008

Paderick Lundy napisał(a):
> I have used Unix since 1986 and I have installed many, many copies of
> Unix/Linux over the past years but this Unbuntu installation has me stumped,
> perhaps someone can point me to some information that explains my problem.
> First I downloaded the newest version Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server Edition.  When
> I try to partition the hard drives in my box (SATA 320GB and SATA 74GB)  I
> get a screen that tells me the root partition that I had tried to format to
> a size of 500MB must be at least 19 GB.  I ran linux/Unix root partitions of
> 50 MB for years, what gives that I need 19 GB?
> Next I created a partition of 3 GB on the second HD for swap and the
> software gave me another error message that this was not permissible.
> I guess my real question is;  has the Linux community gotten to the point
> where a user cannot or does not have the freedom to configure their own
> equipment the way they please or is this version going in the direction of
> Mickey$oft and making all of the decisions for the user?
> This post is not meant to be a flame, I have been away from Linux for
> awhile, have a spare machine and decided to see what's new in Linux.  I need
> some reorientation and I would appreciate a link that will explain the
> design philosophy behind this version of Linux since it's popularity would
> appear that it is the Leading version of Linux.
> Thank you,
As far as I read here
You need 1GB of hard disk. So I guess that 19 GB is some kind of error.
Maybe You should try use something like gparted
(, and after making partitions
run ubuntu installer.

Damian "Czubek" Melniczuk

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