--I see your point... However, I suppose my "need" for more partitions has been largely bypassed due to using Vmware Workstation. (Note - I have no affiliation, blahblahblah; just a satisfied customer.)
--For testing purposes, or even virtual servers, Vmware is really well done - separate "disks" are merely files on an existing partition, which makes backups really easy. (Although you can in fact give the virtual machine access to the real disk hardware; I was using this method to access my Win98 files in-situ from a VM for a while.)
--By using Vmware, I was able (for instance) to beta-test the Knoppix DVD without allocating any additional disk space (even though I didn't have a DVD burner at the time) simply by booting the VM directly from the ISO file; vmware can treat an ISO as a CDROM drive.
--If you have a need/want for constantly testing new distros (Linux, *BSD, etc - I've become something of a live-cd addict) without the repartitioning involved, I would seriously consider trying Vmware. It's ~$300 for the 1st purchase, but only $99 for upgrades -- and they have a 30-day free trial IIRC. It's come in quite handy over the years - I'm still on version 3.x, and I believe the current rev is 4.x now. (I might have to upgrade eventually though; my 3.x is having trouble with Linux kernel 2.6.x.)
(Side note - I've run VM's with only 128MB of RAM installed, on a Pentium 233; but it runs better with higher specs. On my AMD Duron 900 with 512MB, you can hardly tell the difference between a VM and the native OS. YMMV. About the only thing vmware is NOT good at, are 3D-intense apps - such as FPS games - and 3.x has a few problems with sound. I think they fixed the sound issue in 4.x tho.)
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