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I just added up my non-home directories on my Debian box and it came to just under 15GB. This is the only box on which I have both KDE and Gnome installed and also one which does not have a separate /home partition.
On my primary computer, which has a 15 GB everything-but-home partition and lots of applications installed, df gives me this:
/dev/sda3 19097236 13692280 4411820 76% /
Note that on this computer the only GUI environments installed are the six Slackware defaults and E17.
/dev/sda1 Debian / (ext3) and GRUB
/dev/sda5 Shared swap
/dev/sda6 Data partition mounted in /mnt/... (ext3)
/dev/sda7 Shared /home/ (ext3)
/dev/sda8 Slackware / (ext3) and LILO
Although /home/ (which is very small since all data is on the data partition) is shared between Debian and Slackware, the user names are different so the actual user directories and configuration files are not shared. GRUB chainloads LILO.
I'm surprised that more people don't choose to keep /home separate...
Not so long ago I always had a separate /home, but nowadays I see no need for that. My config files are backed up and synced between my machines regularly anyways and since I have several computers it just makes more sense to have a separate data partition on my main machine that is exported via NFS to my network.