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Old 05-24-2009, 09:20 AM   #16
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Yeah. There seems to be differences of opinion about sharing config files. Personally i've never had a problem and even found that it's quite handy because the new distro i try out already uses all my favourite settings and tweaks. My 'demand' was merely a suggestion for a work-around if problems were encountered. Normally though, the same app from the different distros i've tried work well sharing the same config files.

With the difference of opinion about this i think you've chosen the best route, having a separate /data partition shared by the different dstros. Don't worry about having tooo much space lol! That's easily fixed later, perhaps after finding out how much space each distro takes. Resizing a partition is easy but can take as long as defragging a drive used to take in Windows, lol - maybe not quite that long. It's worth backing up anything on a partition you're resizing although i've only had problems once and that was stupid human error rather than a linux error and i can't believe i was so dumb lol

As we've said we all have different good reasons for having quite different setups. I tend to have one big bloated distro like Ubuntu for almost everything and i carefully pick a distro that can easily do everything i want and more. It's handy to have a Windows in there, Xp is nearly good enough for general release now they have all the service packs but it's already a bit old an out-of-date. Then i have an additional space for playing around with other linux distros, sometimes 2 spaces but both for when i'm in the mood for experimenting and exploring rather than being vital for daily use.

When my main distro has given me hassle because of being on old dying drives or whatever then i've usually found the distro i was playing with suddenly becomes immensely useful although using a LiveCd can be a good way of working. Usually though i would use a LiveCd on someone else's machine rather than my own but it's good to know it's safe.

Anyway, it's all sounding good
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