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I'm considering splitting a single partition into three as per Rinzwind's suggestion. That is, P1 for Ubuntu 11.10 (which I currently have installed), P2 for Ubuntu 12.04 (or the prerelease), and P3 for data.

The single partition currently has lots of media stored on it. Would it make sense to:

  • free up enough space for P1 + P2
  • create them (reduce the existing partition and keep the data there - the existing partition becomes P3)
  • install the relevant releases of Ubuntu on P1 and P2 (how?)
  • delete everything that isn't in /home from P3
  • create /home subfolders on P1 and P2 and symlink them to subfolders on P3

Or is there an easier/better way to do it?

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  • install the relevant releases of Ubuntu on P1 and P2 (how?)

Well, classical. Just install from CD, and when asked where to install, choose the partition of your choice.

  • create /home subfolders on P1 and P2 and symlink them to subfolders on P3

No. Where you get asked where to install what, you can declare to use partition xN as /home (without reformatting), and the system will mount the same home for both versions.

Backup important data before and just be concentrated at this point in the installation processes.

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I didn't think it would be that easy! :) –  d3vid Jan 25 '12 at 9:56
    
-I- like my OS's seperated (not everyone agrees ;) ) Using the same /home/ for more than 1 OS I would advice against it. You never know what settings inside /home/ gets altered or changed between 2 systems where it affects both environments. I also (due to work) more than Ubuntu on my system ;) –  Rinzwind Jan 25 '12 at 9:58
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You can use the same home partition easily if you use separate usernames on each system. I currently have 2 ubuntu installs, arch and a fedora install using the same home partition. –  xyzzyman Jan 25 '12 at 10:07
    
good one! :) worthy of a +1 :) –  Rinzwind Jan 25 '12 at 10:30
    
@xyzzyman: Using 2 usernames means, you don't share the data, so what's the advantage of a common home? –  user unknown Jan 25 '12 at 10:41
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