What is a linux swap partition, and what does it do?

Most Linux installations recommend that you include an exchange partition. This may seem strange to Windows users, who are accustomed to having their entire operating system on a single partition. 

What does an exchange, you may even need one, and how big should it be? All of these are important questions that, with the right answers, can greatly improve the performance of your system. In it’s simplest sense, the swap partition acts as a memory overflow (RAM). If the memory is completely full, any additional application will be performed outside the swap partition instead of memory.

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Source of this information:
https://wesharethis.com/2017/07/10/linux-swap-partition/

 

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