I have Linux Mint 13 LTS which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
I installed it on my SSD and will use the HDD for data storage only. When installing the OS I skipped making a swap file/partition. The machine has 8GB RAM and I wasn't sure whether I need a swap file at all. But after some reading I understood that the swap file is used in some cases even if there is free RAM still. So, it seems that I will need it.
- Should I create it like a file or like a partition?
- Should it be on the SSD or on the HDD?
- If I create it on the HDD, could it be a bottleneck for the system because of the lower read/write speeds compared to the SSD where the OS is installed?
- What is the optimal size for a laptop with 8GB RAM?