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I intend to get myself a new mini-pc with a single SSD. How much diskpace will Ubuntu 14.04 need? Is it recommendable to get two seperate disks?

I have following models in mind:

  • Shuttle XS35V4
  • Shuttle XS36V4
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The default install will work in as little as 10 GB. Any more is up to what you plan to do with it. – muru Jul 17 '14 at 12:36
What is the most recommended set up? All on one plate or data on another disk? – empedokles Jul 17 '14 at 12:45
@empedokles there is no recommended setup. The installtion nowadays takes in consideration that there can be a /home present under / or as a sep. part. The only thing to consider might be the wear of the SSD: I would save documents not on disk but on an USB to lower the writes to the SSD. – Rinzwind Jul 17 '14 at 12:51
@Rinzwind: My idea was to store docs on the SSD because of the speed gain. Unfortunately there is only one USB3 and I'm not sure if I could use it for an external drive. – empedokles Jul 17 '14 at 12:57
@Rinzwind What is the fastest cheap brand for SSD? (120GB or 240GB). – empedokles Jul 17 '14 at 12:58
up vote 3 down vote accepted

8 GB space is fine enough for installation

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But this doesn't include any space for additional software or personal data. @ErkanMDR please include that in your answer. – the_Seppi Jul 17 '14 at 12:41
@the_Seppi personal data does not need to be included: you can save those on an USB or on-line. Additional software is rather subjective (what anyone wants is up to the individual); The default covers a lot of ground so might be enough for most of us in this case. Deleting libreoffice (and just use gedit for text) for instance saves up a lot if extra needed. No I consider 8 GB a good answer. More is better ok but 8 GB is useable. – Rinzwind Jul 17 '14 at 12:47

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