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I'm somewhat new to linux, in college its the preferred by my computer science professors so I decided to install Ubuntu and Kubuntu alongside my windows 8 installation. Now, here's my problem. I read somewhere that its best to keep files in a separate partition than your linux installation, so if you ever upgrade, you don't lose all your stuff. So I created a large partition (800 gigs) where I store all my photos, music, etc. for all my Operating Systems. Here's a couple of my questions.
- I'm at Ubuntu 14.04, if I update to 14.10, will my currently installed programs like unrar, chromium, be compatible with 14.10?
- If so, then would updating remove them since they are on the same partition as the linux installation?
- If this is true, then for future reference, can or how do I specify an installation directory when installing packages using aptitude/apt-get, compiling myself, or from the software center?
I would like to have my installed packages on a separate partition if its possible. Thanks in advance :)