Man I'm backlogged on emails so I'm not reading this thread (sorry).  Just take a look at the thread I put out there on the definition of a partition explaining it and the reasons for using this term verses backend.

Alex

On 4/1/07, Ole Ersoy <ole.ersoy@gmail.com> wrote:
Yes!!

I should have just said that to start with :-)

Emmanuel Lecharny wrote:
> Ole Ersoy a écrit :
>
>> I like the cat analogy :-)
>>
>> OK - How about we just say disconnected, meaning
>> changes to entries in one partition does not affect
>> changes to entries in the other?
>
> this is perfect !
>
> Emmanuel
>