Steam for Linux

Steam for Linux

rApunZeL May 11, 2013 @ 11:55pm
Bigger or smaller?
I decided to ditch Windows, so my 1TB drive will be Linux exclusive.
Those of you who have like 1000 games or so, what's your current /home size?

I plan to buy as most Linux titles as I can in the next years but I'm affraid 320GB for /home is not enough, so I would do:

* 40GB for "/"
* 320GB for "/home"
* 571.51 GB for data

What do you think? Bigger or smaller /home partition size?
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I put everything in /
Just keep in mind that those 1000 games you have won't all work on linux.
Stupendous Man May 12, 2013 @ 2:00am 
As Greenbikerdude said, just make another partition/harddrive and mount it on .local/share/steam. I have a 120GB SSD drive just for this.
I use an external harddrive.
It has to be mounted before I start Steam. If not I can only access local content.
It is well usable for me that way!
Shark May 12, 2013 @ 2:35am 
Why get a separate data partition, you couls just put it all on your /home partition. I have 61 games on linux currently and I didn't have problems yet on my 450gb home partition. On Windows however, I can not install all my 350 games on a 1tb drive.
instabilis May 12, 2013 @ 3:06am 
40GB is pretty large for a typical root ("/") partition, what are you planning to install on there? Also, what is "data" going to be used for?

If you aren't doing anything fancy then you shouldn't need more then 20GB for your "system" partitions, you could even get away with 10GB if you wanted to.
It really depends on you. Do you like to keep all your games installed at all times? In that case you might want to have a bigger partition to meet your gaming needs. I have a 120 GB SSD, and it's fine for me because I only play a handful of single-player games at a time, installed alongside my two MP games I keep installed permanently (TF2 & L4D2)
thedarkfighter413 May 12, 2013 @ 3:57am 
40GB for / is really large if you want to have separate /home.

For example, my partition scheme for 640GB HDD:
/ - 17GB (maybe too large, still 8GB free)
/swap - 4GB (for hibernation, same as RAM)
/home - 619GB (the rest)
GeroTeX May 12, 2013 @ 4:35am 
Steam lets you install each game where you want, not just in ~/.local/share/Steam.
If it doesn't ask you when you install a game, go in Steam->Settings->Downloads and click on "steam library folders".
My /home is 400G, but is 90% full, so almost all my games are installed in a /data partition of 500G.
tuxisagamer May 12, 2013 @ 7:43am 
There's no longer any need for multiple partitions under Linux. Just create one swap partition and one main partition.
Fibbles May 12, 2013 @ 9:04am 
Originally posted by sounds like a wooosh:
I use an external harddrive.
It has to be mounted before I start Steam. If not I can only access local content.
It is well usable for me that way!

Using an external drive will increase your load times considerably. USB2.0 is vastly slower than SATA (the interface your internal drives use). USB3.0 can theoretically achieve SATA like speeds. However, USB uses burst transfers which means whilst it can achieve SATA-like speeds for smaller files, for larger ones it'll only have a peak speed analogous to SATA with the average speed being considerably slower.
rApunZeL May 12, 2013 @ 10:02am 
Originally posted by rudeboyskunk Linux:
I put everything in /
NO SIR, thanks LOL
Imagine having to download 1TB if something goes wrong

Originally posted by Clint:
Just keep in mind that those 1000 games you have won't all work on linux.
Just keep in mind that that was exactly my point =)
Some folks have a lot of games and some of them are already ported. I think 1000 games don't fit even at a 2TB drive.

Originally posted by Stupendous Man:
As Greenbikerdude said, just make another partition/harddrive and mount it on .local/share/steam. I have a 120GB SSD drive just for this.
How do I mount that? Any toturial that fits openSUSE?

Originally posted by sounds like a wooosh:
I use an external harddrive.
It has to be mounted before I start Steam. If not I can only access local content.
It is well usable for me that way!
I might consider that.

Originally posted by instabilis:
40GB is pretty large for a typical root ("/") partition, what are you planning to install on there? Also, what is "data" going to be used for?

If you aren't doing anything fancy then you shouldn't need more then 20GB for your "system" partitions, you could even get away with 10GB if you wanted to.
I ran out of space once with 20GB, I installed a lot of programs and games at the time. So, 40GB is a safe place to be. Not that I'm going to miss it anyway =P
The data partition will contain all my CD's from the 90's (about 250 of them) copied into it, also music, videos, DVD's, Series etc

Originally posted by Mathijs De Maersschalck:
It really depends on you. Do you like to keep all your games installed at all times? In that case you might want to have a bigger partition to meet your gaming needs. I have a 120 GB SSD, and it's fine for me because I only play a handful of single-player games at a time, installed alongside my two MP games I keep installed permanently (TF2 & L4D2)
Bigger than what?

Originally posted by mattyy1hp Linux:
40GB for / is really large if you want to have separate /home.

For example, my partition scheme for 640GB HDD:
/ - 17GB (maybe too large, still 8GB free)
/swap - 4GB (for hibernation, same as RAM)
/home - 619GB (the rest)
I never use swap, never needed. Not to mention it can't even be mounted when all my partitions are encrypted. I'll try once more, but I don't see a point on using /swap.

Originally posted by tuxisagamer:
There's no longer any need for multiple partitions under Linux. Just create one swap partition and one main partition.
And if I ever need to format it I'll have to download 1TB of data again =)
Nice. It's useful under small HDD's tho
Diffident May 12, 2013 @ 10:53am 
My /home partition is using a LVM partitioning scheme so I can mount multiple drives under one mount point.
SUSEd May 12, 2013 @ 11:05am 
I have 2 HDDs: 500 GB for linux and windows systems and 1 TB for Linux /home.
Now i have 18 GB free in my /home partition.
gattocake May 12, 2013 @ 2:57pm 
Originally posted by Greenbikerdude:
you could make an extra gaming partition with xfs and mount it as the steamfolder OR mount it at /opt/games and symlink to it :) Thanks to gparted you can always just resize partitions to your liking afterwards. ;)
I'm curious, why XFS?
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