Sounds good! I'll join you shortly!Kind words ... I'll take 'em
Jeffrey I work on a triage process (I know you'll be familiar with that concept, lol), so we could wrap this Thread up for the moment, as the subject matter has been covered, effectively.
We don't close Threads around here without a good reason, so it will remain open for further questions on your part or the part of others with similar issues.
For now, I will start a new Thread to help you with your Manjaro, and others with similar probs. With your implicit consent, I will link to this Thread for background reading for others.
The new Thread I am going to place initially in General I think. It may go elsewhere after I consult with Staff, but if so, there will be a redirect in place for those who start following.
I'll see you there soon
Edited added BTW
BTW like the new avatar
Re-reading your advice because I am planning to put another distro on my SSD (now that @wizardfromoz has helped with the kernel panic problems w/ Manjaro). As I read your advice I want to be sure I am understanding.With each new install you can do manual partitioning, so there was no harm in letting your first distro use the entire disk. But with each new install you'll usually want to re-use your /boot/efi as shown in your image above (if your other laptop is also UEFI based) so that all your bootloaders are stored together. If your other laptop is not UEFI based, you may have trouble with multi-multi-boot anyway. If you create a /home as a separate partition, you'll also want to re-use that usually between all of the distros. So your / folder might be able to be be a bit less than 30 GB if /home is separate.
But another school of thought says to let each distro have a / folder and let everything, including /home, be contained within that. In that case, 30 GB may not be enough. I just installed Mint Cinnamon as a fresh install along with a few of my favorite apps and I'm already up to about 50 GB of disk space. The reasoning for not using /home among multiple distros is that the apps that each distro runs may be of different versions... all competing for the same config files which may have differences between the app versions. But this is speculation... I have no idea what apps you may decide to run, or which may present conflicts with configuration differences.
You're at a great point though... experiment! If you want to start over and do a manual install/partitioning.... go for it. But follow up and jump in fairly soon with your next distro and set it up too. Follow up again with a third distro. You will be proficient more quickly, and you may have a mistake or two along the way. That's okay, mistakes are great teachers! @wizardfromoz is the Master of multi-boot, and no doubt he will have excellent advice for you.
... my highlighting.
- You will need to boot from the live cd
- Open up gparted and choose to resize the current Linux partition
- Shrink it from the end
- Now that you have shrunk your partition, there will be some empty space at the end of the drive. Right click on it and pick format. Choose the filesystem and label for it
- Press edit > apply all operations