Setup 07 - Select file system for the partition

If you choose to format the partition in the previous step, now you can select the filesystem type for the partition. Linux support several filesystem types other than the native filesystem, ext2 filesystem. Here are all filesystems available with Slackware Linux:

  • ext2 - Traditional Linux filesystem. It's stable and fast.
  • ext3 - Journaling version of the ext2 filesystem.
  • ext4 - Successor to the ect3 filesystem.
  • jfs - IBM's journaled filesystem currently used in IBM enterprise servers.
  • reiserfs - Journaling filesystem that stores all files and filenames in a balanced tree structure.
  • btrfs - Btrfs Copy-on-Write B-tree filesystem.
  • xfs - SGI's journaling filesystem that originated on IRIX.

It doesn't matter what filesystem you choose, Slackware will work. These options depend on your work environment and what do you want your Slackware to be. If you want Slackware to be database server that uses Oracle server for example, then choose ext3 or reiserfs. Just choose the standard Linux filesystem, the ext2 filesystem, if you are not sure or if you need the journaling file system, choose the default ext4 which has some benefits mention above and for automatically checking bad blocks capability.

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