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For modern computers there is only one required partition: the root (/) partition.

For very ancient computers, the BIOS may only read the first few bytes to find the boot loader. In this case you should have at least the two partitions (/boot and /)

additional partitions may be suggested, but are certainly not a requirement.

SWAP partition (similar to a 'page file' from the Windows world. most people want this)

/home (contains user settings and data. most people want a separate partition for this)

/var (changable data that is still written to disk, like your print queue and things like that)

/usr (applications are generally installed here. You could separate it from the OS by partitioning it out)

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