what is the minimum size of the /boot partition in ubuntu

Jordon Bedwell jordon at envygeeks.com
Tue Oct 12 15:55:14 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-10-12 at 10:32 -0500, Michael wrote:
> Was it mandatory at one time to have a /boot partition?  If so, why?

Some older systems needed /boot partitions because of limitations.  I
could go into a whole explanation on the subject, just not worth it.

You do not /need/ to create any partitions but / anymore, depending.
Depending means (one of the examples,) if you use full disk encryption,
you do need a /boot partition because /boot can't be encrypted
obviously, what are you going to boot from if it is? Even truecrypt
requires that, if I remember right.

You do not even need a swap partition anymore because a while back they
improved swap files and gave them direct access. So they're just as fast
as a partition (subjectively of course, I've never actually tested it
because I do not put swap my computers at all.)

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