I've just recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a partition with Windows Vista on the other side. I'm wondering if I can use space on the Windows partition for programs in Ubuntu?

  • It depends: which programs. Ubuntu doesn't separate programs and put them in nice little segregated areas like Windows. Instead everything is smushed together. You could rip apart a .deb file and symlink all the files though (but windows'd probably mess it all up) – Grammargeek Jul 6 '15 at 2:20
  • Even if you could (and you probably could, with enough effort), I can't see why you would, and I'm sure you would regret it when it came time to update/upgrade. – Marc Jul 6 '15 at 3:44
  • Use portable apps like Portable apps. They work from both Windows and Ubuntu – ipse lute Jul 15 '16 at 14:25

Yes! you can. Just add following to your ~/.bashrc file.
export PATH="/path/to/your/program:$PATH"
After adding don't forget to restart your terminal or just execute exec bash.

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