Yes, this has been asked numerous times here, and Ive carefully read all the related questions. But very few focus on some of the issues that concerns me the most. So, given we now have a new Ubuntu 11.04 and new Linux Mint 11 recently released, its time for some upgrades! :D
I have Mint 10 installed, and would like to upgrade it to 11, and also install Ubuntu 11.01 Natty side-by-side in a separate partition.
Here is my current setup:
- 10 GB NTFS Win XP (gaming performance)
- 30 GB NTFS Win 7 (rarely used, im considering changing to Virtual Box instead)
- 30 GB EXT4
/Linux Mint 10 (my main OS)
- 5 GB swap (i have 4GB RAM)
And on sdb:
- a bazilion GB NTFS
/dados(docs, music, videos, pics, ISOs, and all OS-neutral data)
/home currently holds basically only config files in the
My questions are:
If my data is already in a separate partition, would a separate /home partition be any useful? Why and how?
How would different (but similar) distros (Mint 10, 11, and Ubuntu Natty) behave when sharing the same
/homepartition? What about config files? Would, for instance, FireFox 3.6 (from Mint 10/Ubuntu Maverick) play nice with FireFox 4 if they both use the same
~/.firefoxconfig folder? What about "system" setings like
~/.config, etc? Wouldnt it be a nasty mess if a separate, shared
/homeis used? How that should be dealed with?
Same goes for
/boot: If each OS mounts it, wont they also change/upgrade them? Since each uses a different grub version, wont that mess it up? Any chances of version mismatch between the bootsector image and the /boot contents due to different Oses mounting / updating it?
What about username / user ID / stored passwords? Would all distros behave correctly? I know the first user created in Ubuntu have some unique tweaks (ID=1000, tweaked permisions, etc). How would it be if Ubuntu is presented with a separate (and already existing)
/homewith a user at install? Would vault, for instance, works?
Im the only user of my computer, so multi-user flexibilty is not an great issue (but it would be nice if possible)
Given that, I would like some opinions, warnings, or any input that might help me to set up a good partition scheme. This is not an objective question, im looking for subjective suggestions and things to consider. Moderators feel free to change to community. Words on how
~/.config files work for different software versions in a shared and/or upgraded enviroment are greatly apreciated.