I just started dual booting Ubuntu and OpenSUSE, and sharing the home partition which I labeled HOME. As this gets more and more exciting, I want to try out the different distros; but still keep Ubuntu as my main distro as I've used it for a few years now.

In any case, when I installed OpenSuse I named the user diego_suse in order to have home folder HOME/diego_suse be different than HOME/diego which I have in Ubuntu.

Ideally, I would like to keep the personal files in HOME/diego and the configuration files in each of HOME/ubuntu and HOME/suse, and hopefully keep my username as diego in both systems.

Is this even possible? How can I go about it?


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    There is very likely a way. But why do you do that? you will have more problems than the thing is worth. – A.B. Oct 14 '15 at 5:32
  • I'd like to keep my personal documents in a common (neutral) place, but not have the local configuration files interfere with each other. A secondary issue is that I dislike using diego_suse as a username in order to differentiate the home folder from HOME/diego corresponding in Ubuntu. – Diego Oct 14 '15 at 5:45
  • ubuntu and opensuse is two different distro, and remember some configuration are stored in $HOME directory. Like @A.B. said, this is not worth, it will cause more harm than good. – Aizuddin Zali Oct 14 '15 at 6:14
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    This explains it best: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/6344/… And yes it works and causes no problems. I have the same setup for a 5 OS version where I even have a Unix amongst them. – Rinzwind Oct 14 '15 at 9:00
  • Thank you for your positive answer Rinzwind. The good thing about Linux is that there are no limits on what one can do. A.B. and Aizuddin, I do understand the risks involved, but if I didn't want to take them I'd be using Windows =) – Diego Oct 14 '15 at 19:27

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