Linux "SWAP" partition

  Simsy 13:14 31 Mar 2012

Folks, I currently have 2 physical hard drives in my PC. One of them has UBUNTU linux on the first partition... Then there is some unused space... (6 Gig or so) Then an extended partition...

The extended partition contains a couple of partitions, one of which is the "SWAP" partition for UBUNTU...

If I were to install a different "flavour" of Linux onto the currently unused space, could this 2nd linux installation use the same "SWAP" partition?

I'm assuming it can, as I assume that when UBUNTU shuts down there is nothing of relevance on the SWAP?

Thanks in anticipation,



  LastChip 13:59 31 Mar 2012

I don't see any reason why not and I seem to remember vaguely having done so in the past.

Just make sure you use the manual option for partitioning during the installation and tell your new distro to use the existing swap space.

  Input Overload 15:06 31 Mar 2012

As LastChip says use the manual method when installing as I ended up with 2 swap partitions when using an alternative flavour which I was able to sort but only after a few hair raising minutes :-)

What alternative are you considering as I have been using Ubuntu 11 recently, although looking forward to 12 in a few weeks? I admit although pretty good with Windows I still learning big-time with Linux but enjoying it & I really venture into Windows any more which must say something – I will be interested as to your experiences.

Have fun anyway.

  Simsy 16:46 31 Mar 2012

Thanks folks...

It's Kubuntu I'm thinking of trying. I want to keep up to date, but I can't get on with the unity interface. I had a bit of a play with "Mint" as well, but that didn't really do it for me either.

Thanks for the advice and interest!



  LastChip 01:25 01 Apr 2012

OK, it's good you should try other distros until you find something you're comfortable with. That's one of the nicer things about Linux, there are so many options, there's something for everyone if you're prepared to look.

Please keep in mind, Ubuntu is dropping support for Kubuntu to focus on Unity. Whether Kubuntu will "fork" and maybe the existing developers will continue with it outside of the Ubuntu family, remains to be seen. However, if you haven't already tried it, SuSE is another good option with a similar (and polished) interface to Kubuntu. So that may be another distro you would like to take a look at.

To be honest, there are so many now that are excellent in their own ways, it's just a matter of keep trying until you find the right match for you.

  Simsy 05:49 01 Apr 2012

I'll have to wait a little until I do this... I actually already have 4 primary partitions, (as well as this free space), so I'll have to combine 2 of them into an extended with logical...

I'm happy doing this but they're both largish partitions and so I'll need to tidy/clean/backup before doing this... and it might take me a while to get round to it.

Shame about the loss of support for kubuntu... I didn't know that. I've been using UBUNTU for a few years, as a secondary system, (currently on 10.10), and quite like it. But a couple of issues have arisen, (eg my scanner doesn't work with it), and I wanted a fresh start. I tried version 11, but just don't get on with the unity interface, and even though you can swith to the "classic" it just isn't quite the same.

However, when all's said and done, it's just a "toy"... I can get all the actual real tasks I need to undertake one the computer one way or another... These days if I'm doing any money stuff, or graphics, or webpage malarky it's Windows.... if It's letter writing, email or just internet browsing it's ubuntu.

I tried the live CD of Kubuntu... I'm sure I could get to grips with it, but the dropping of support might be a concern... however the version that's about to come out, 12.04, it indicated as being supported for 5 years... I think I can live with that.

I'll report back with what I eventually do!

Thanks again for the interest.



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