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Re: history (Was Re: Corel/Debian Linux Installer)

On todays large harddrives, it seems insane to worry about not being able to
use 100M or so of the harddrive, when it buys you so much insurance.  On ALL
my harddrives, here is the scheme:

/    128M
swap 128M
/var 128M
/usr all the rest.
/home -> symlink to /usr/home
/tmp -> symlink to /usr/tmp

It seems insane to quible about an extra 100M when all the harddrives
you can buy are more than 4.3G in size. Like, WOW.  How much
flexibility does following the normal Unix scheme lose you?  A
miniscule amount.  Its not like the old days when 40% of your drive
could easily go unused if you partitioned wrong.

Saying that just because the mass market are "normal" users means they don't
care about reliability and fast recovery seems to me the height of arrogant
handholding.  Don't underestimate potential users.  Our goal is to educate
them, as painlessly as possible, not dumb things down for them.  Thats why I
joined Debian in the first place.

On Mon, 16 Aug 1999, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> It is equally naive to belive that every system needs fast(er) recovery,
> space management and all the other things that multiple partitions can
> provide over the space flexability that they take away! 
> Not everyone is running a mission critical server where they care
> excessively about unlikely failures, most people want something that is
> flexable and can adapt to their needs without problem 'need to APT install
> 200 meg? No problem' type of idea. 
> Those are the people Corel is targetting.

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