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I've realized that all the heavy games or editing I do are on my 2008 Mac Pro (it has a GTX 680, OS X 10.6, Debian 7.20, OS X 10.8, and Winblows 8 ). The only things I do on my laptops are web browsing and minecraft. My first laptop to transition will be my MacBook Pro 8,3. This is an intell (NOT A TYPO), so I kind of want to throw it off a bridge, but the AMD GPU stops me from doing so. Will the AMD GPU drivers work with an EFI (NOT UEFI) system, like my crappy firmware is? I want to put the boot files and /home onto my SSD. Are the boot files (the files that should be on the SSD for fast boot times) on /boot? Are applications in /var? To put the boot files on the SSD, can I put /boot onto the SSD? Can I have one applications partition (/var?) on the SSD and another applications partition (/var?) on the HDD, so that I don't run out of space to put software into?

Please help me. I want to switch to Debian, but not have slow boots or no disk space.
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Will the AMD GPU drivers work with an EFI (NOT UEFI) system, like my crappy firmware is?

AFAIK the "official" AMD drivers are still.... well, I'll say "difficult" so this is going to require some research and/or trials on your part. The OSS kernel driver lacks much of the power of the Official ones but it is fairly trouble-free.
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I want to put the boot files and /home onto my SSD. Are the boot files (the files that should be on the SSD for fast boot times) on /boot?

Depends on your distro and/or how you choose to set it up. It seems as if you want to separate out the directory "/boot" onto it's own partition and this can be easily accomplished at install time, or even later. Essentially you will need a dedicated partition and have it assigned as "/boot" in "/etc/fstab". Most installers allow you to do this easily during installation.

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Are applications in /var?

No. Most ROOT system applications are in "/bin" and "/sbin". Most USER applications are technically in "/usr/bin" or "/usr/sbin" although a few remain in "/opt/bin" and/or "/usr/local/bin". Some distros and some people recommend installing any new apps in "/home/yourusername" and some go so far as to suggest a "/home/yourusername/bin" directory created and linked to $PATH. If you are the only person that logs into your system, my personal opinion is this is unduly complicated with little or no benefit.
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To put the boot files on the SSD, can I put /boot onto the SSD?

As mentioned above, while it takes a little thinking and work to do this after an install, it is a trivial and incredibly easy thing to accomplish at installation time.
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Can I have one applications partition (/var?) on the SSD and another applications partition (/var?) on the HDD, so that I don't run out of space to put software into?

As above, it is not "/var" that stores apps, but most commonly (for user apps) within "/usr" and this directory is rather commonly given it's own partition. It is technically possible to append but any benefit you may even possibly receive is ridiculously outweighed by the problems you will create.

Remember this is not Windows and applications run as services and on daemons so ram management is vastly superior and Linux (despite many minimalist obsessions) does not suffer from so-called bloat just because you have a lot of apps installed like windows does. In Linux all they do is take up drive space, not cpu cycles or ram addresses... until you run it. Basically it is not a good idea to build a Hot Rod with a 1000 HP engine with sloppy suspension and weak brakes. I urge you to create a balanced, stable system over a mess that was fast for 2 days and wrecks.
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Please help me. I want to switch to Debian, but not have slow boots or no disk space.

I really don't see what you're so worried about in the speed category. Are you anticipating rebooting a lot? I have systems with uptimes of over a year continuous operation including LOTS of installs of new apps. Even on my "play" system that has 5 Operating Systems, I commonly stay in one for at the very least several hours if not days. If you reboot much more often than this, maybe you should consider why and how to stop. That said, even if you enjoy constant rebooting, the system you describe should boot in well under one minute. Is that a big deal?
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