Kubuntu Stole My Computer

Ric Moore wayward4now at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 16:45:15 UTC 2010

On Fri, 2010-03-19 at 10:39 +0100, Bas Roufs wrote:
> :

> > I concur. I keep /opt on a separate partition and anything special as in
> > projects or files go there. Then I can do a fresh install without losing
> > much. I keep backup copies of some of my dot-files and addressbook data
> > there as well.
> Pls. explain a bit more: what exactly is the function of /opt and why
> would it be useful to keep it on a separate partition.

Well, back in the Caldera days /opt was where the more "commercial"
licensed stuff like Netscape, Wabi, Netscape Server, OpenOffice and
other higher end apps went. For the same reason there are some things
that don't need to be changed during full a distro-upgrade, unless
something core is changed in the libraries. Plus, as most of us were
connecting with 56k modems and installing from update CD's, /opt kept
things intact that didn't need touching by the CD. (DVD's, who knew??) 

Before that was /usr/local/ kinda like the same thing. I guess it
smelled too much of Debian for RedHat / Caldera to use it. Caldera was a
high-end version of RedHat with a bunch of licensed applications
bundled. I loved it. 

If anyone has a Caldera CD I'd like to have it, for old times sake. Ric

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