Posted 03 May 2007 - 12:44 AM
Well... My recommendations are as follows.
1. Create the Ubuntu partition, and a SWAP partition.
Ubuntu can boot from ReiserFS 3, or Ext 3, but other file systems are supported. Ubuntu may support booting from other file systems now.
I would recommend Ext3, Reiser4, ReiserFS 3, or XFS for Ubuntu.
Ext3 is an old, and very reliable file system. It is Ext2, with a "journal", or "log". This reduces corrupted files. Such as when a blackout occurs.
RieserFS is a journalized file system also. It advertises anti-defragmentation technology. Reiser4 is supposed to be the latest, and most stable version, and possibly the last.
XFS has features similar to the others, but it also supports "quotas". A complicated feature, that allows you to limit the size of folders, etc...
Ext3 is tried and true, but ReiserFS is the current standard.
Now partition the disk like this.
-> [Ubuntu] 20gb - 40gb
-> [Linux SWAP]200mb to 2048mb. * Keep the SWAP partition close to the Ubuntu partition.
[NTFS] 8gb - 20gb
-> [FAT32] 30gb - 200gb * MP3s, Games, Videos, etc. Stuff you want access to from both Ubuntu, and Windows XP.
[Unformatted] 20gb - 200gb. * I recommend leaving some space unformatted, so you figure out how best to use it later. Such as for other Linux distributions.
The Answers are out there, you've just got to know how to find them.