2 different distros using same /home with same user

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 16:23:35 UTC 2012

On 6 August 2012 17:06, Hazan Pérez <hapk02 at gmail.com> wrote:
> El lun 06 ago 2012 10:58:02 COT, Liam Proven escribió:
>> On 6 August 2012 16:52, Hazan Pérez <hapk02 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Ended up installing Linux Mint. I did everything Ric said, with the added
>>> nuisance of putting an empty folder into the folder of the same name, but
>>> that's ok. Also the GRUB from Mint was a bit foolish and didn't
>>> recognized
>>> Fedora in the other partition :/
>>> BTW, does someone know how to make what Ric said into a script? there are
>>> some other folders that I'd like to link as default in other distros if I
>>> ever decide to install more. I'm not proficient in bash but would like to
>>> make this more automatic.
>> I really wouldn't.
>> Better, if you want to do this routinely, to keep your data on a
>> server or in a shared data partition.
>> As I said, you /can/ mix & match distros with a single user A/C & home
>> dir, & I've done it, but you need to know what you're doing. If you
>> don't, I do not recommend it. Keep your data elsewhere. If it's on the
>> same box, & you have a severe OS crash or failure during installation,
>> you can loose the lot to disk corruption.
>> So, for real safety & resilience, keep your  data on a server. Ideally
>> on a RAID.
> I'm planning on doing that in the near future (have a server), but haven't
> decided on what infrastructure or even how to configure to meet all our
> needs (it wouldn't be just for me, but for all the people, and the PCs, of
> this house)
> What would you think would be a good infrastructure and/or config? Whoops, I
> guess that's a question better to be asked on the ubuntu developers list, or
> in another thread.

Um. Without knowing specifics, it is hard to say.

For a SO-HO environment:

* 1 firewall/router with wireless access point
connected to
* 1 gigabit switch (if you have more wired PCs than Ethernet ports on
the router)
* 1 server, with at least 2 disks, mirrored, e.g. an HP microserver, &
a server distro, e.g. SME Server or Zentyal
* multiple desktop PCs, cabled in to the switch
* possibly, multiple portables via wireless

Give each user their own account & home directory on the server &
train them to use it.

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