The specific filesystems needed by a Linux machine depend on the machine's principal function. For example, are you configuring the machine as
a Web server or a news server? Are you going to use it as a general-purpose system for home use or as an applications server? Regardless of
intended function, planning filesystems always involves the following steps:
Planning partition layout
Planning partition size
Planning swap space
Considering multiple drives (if available)
Considering future expansion needs
The following illustrates some of the ways a Linux box can be used.
The next lesson explains how to plan partition layout.