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Debian 7: System Administration Best Practices by Rich Pinkall Pollei

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Chapter 2. Filesystem Layout

Some of the first decisions that must be made, even before installing Debian, involve deciding the best way to format the storage space for the installation. This includes what type of filesystem to use, how to partition it for the best effect, and whether and what to encrypt for security. The actual work of partitioning and boot code placement is handled by the Debian installer, and can be altered later using standard Linux bootloader and partitioning utilities. The installation process and the utilities are covered well by the Debian installation guide mentioned in the previous chapter, and the documentations for the GRUB2, fdisk, and GNU Parted included with the appropriate software packages.

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