How else would anyone be able to give you suggestions ?
Do you mean 2 *separate* installations ?
If you intend to "play around with compiling kernels", as you put it, it
pays to make a separate /boot partition, not too small (100MB+), and maybe
even a dedicated /usr/src partition for all the sources.
Depends on exactly what you want to do with it.
Not sure what you mean here, but 256 is either too small or unnecessary.
If you are reasonably certain that there will be little swapping, it pays to
put the swap on ONE drive - since the other will presumably hold streaming
Having 2 swap partitions only increases the likelyhood that that partition
will be accessed when what you want is as LITTLE drive activity as possible
- outside your video data.
Neither do we, actually...
What do you mean ? Do you mean USE only one /usr and /var for 2 separate
installations ? "Inadvisable" is... an understatement.
You might be able to pull it off, if both installations used the same glibc
and stuff, but since there are a zillion options this is almost impossible.
Only one shared /home partition is possible...when the users have the exact
same UIDs in both installations.(read: also inadvisable)
Again, depends on what you want to do with it.
No you will not - you just need enough *space* for images.
Yes, but..since at least 3 other partitions will always be mounted on one or
both of these drives, using software RAID in this fashion is worse than
Use one drive for Linux and the other in its ENTIRETY for video.
Use a / partition to hold all of your stuff, you can make a separate /usr if
you want; make a /home and mount all data partitions under it somewhere.
(or use /mnt - universally the most used place)
All these separate partitions only start to pay off when the following
conditions hold true:
- You can put almost every partition on its own separate drive, and
- Partitions that share a drive are never accessed simultaneously.
There they were, then.
One final note:
When you want to improve the overall speed with a setup as you've described
it, put both drives in a RAID-0 configuration and partition from that.
That will give you the video speed you want, and the system may not be as
safe as when run from separate drives, but not so's you'd notice.
(Really - the only risk you take is that a hardware failure is twice as
likely with two drives, and in RAID-0 this means bye-bye...)
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