How best to set up a separate /home partition, and pros/cons

Peter Teuben teuben at
Sun Nov 25 21:41:14 UTC 2012

I always do this, ie. have /home on a separate partition. Occasionally
you got shot in the foot by applications where the versions are
different, and they like to update their settings/preferences in
another style/format from what you used before. Then switching between
two distros can become
very hazardous if the app doesn't have taking this in their
upgrade/downgrade path.

On 11/25/2012 02:20 PM, John D. Herron wrote:
> Hi, all.
> Currently running Ubuntu Natty pre-installed on a stand-alone machine
> (Dual-core AMD Athlon 255, 4 GB RAM, 1TB HDD).
> Since I have a lot of unused disk space I'd like to add and try out
> some other distros (Linux Mint 13, Zorin OS, ...).
> In order to keep things 'streamlined' (i.e. to avoid unnecessary
> duplications) I'm looking into setting up a separate /home partition
> to serve the future distros as well.
> Is this a reasonable idea? If so, how should I best go about it?
> By the way: i'm aware that Natty is no longer supported and intend to
> upgrade to (or new-install) the latest LTS version.
> Thanks for your help and/or comments.
> john

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