Best partition size for Ubuntu Root

Sandy Harris sandyinchina at
Sun May 4 05:37:48 UTC 2008

On Fri, May 2, 2008 at 9:47 AM, Young <tuxman at> wrote:

>  I'm trying to determine the largest expected size for Ubuntu plus an
>  average assortment of applications.
>  Any suggestions?

Here are my numbers, Linux-only desktop machine with quite a lot of
applications installed, Xubuntu, lighter weigh desktop than Gnome or
KDE, but still sunstantial. No servers, but several programming
languages, lots of docs, many music files, ...

8.04 on a 250 gig SATA disk. I used 10 gigs each for / and /var, 20
for /usr, rest /home. If I were re-doing it, I'd make / smaller.

Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used      Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1              10325748      480884    9320344   5%    /
/dev/sda2              20641788     4821280  14771868  25%   /usr
/dev/sda5                8262036    1881260     5961080  24%  /var
/dev/sda6            189644412   89716372   90294668  50%  /home

My Xterminal -- Xubuntu, every font I could find and Firefox, but
nothing else -- has only an 8 gig flash drive. Whole install is about
1.5 gigs. I'm sure I could pare it further, but have not bothered.

Sandy Harris,
Nanjing, China

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