I plan on installing Debian Squeeze & Ubuntu Natty in a dual-boot scenario. In both cases I'll be using amd64 builds.
There are obvious similarities between these distros and I wonder if I can leverage this to my advantage in some way. I also wonder if these similarities will cause me any foreseeable problems, perhaps with Grub2, .bashrc, etc.
Specifically, I wonder if it's advisable to share the /home partition. Packages will in general be more bleeding edge with Natty. Will this cause problems with configuration files that reside in /home?
While I'm at it, I may as well ask:
- Does it matter which distro I install first?
- Are there any other directories that could be shared - not just for the sake of being tricky, but because it would be advantageous to do so?
I assume I can safely share the swap partition. Suppose sharing /home isn't a good idea then I'm left with one-too-many primary partitions:
- / [debian; ext4]
- /home [debian; ext4]
- / [ubuntu; ext4]
- /home [ubuntu; ext4]
- swap [debian/ubuntu]
Do I overcome this by using swap files? Or should I use extended partitions?