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Old 04-02-2013, 11:30 AM   #1
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Partitioning for multiple Linux distros

Hi, I've been using linux for a while. At this point I like to try some new linux distros. So I'm planning to install Fedora, OpenSUSE and Linux Mint in a 500G HD. And I'm a little confused with partitioning for multiple distros. I like to create only one /home for all the other distros. So is it possible to do it like that.
I don't want to create a separate partition /home in each distro. Thank you
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Of course it is posible. I don't know what the installers for these distros look like, but they should give you an option to set up the partition layout manually. And even if they don't you should be able to edit the /etc/fstab later.
Old 04-02-2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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A number of different approaches you can take. What I do, I have a couple of separate partitions for data (documents, music, photos, etc.) that I can access from any installed distro. Then, besides the swap partition, I like to use 10 GB for / and 5 GB for /home for each distro. Edit fstab appropriately for easy mounting and access to all partitions from within each distro. As for grub2 and booting, I use customized scripts in the /etc/grub.d directory. On one computer, I use chainloader entries, but on another my customized grub entries boot directly into the other distros' kernels.

That's a quick summary. Be aware that if a distro like Fedora is involved, you may have trouble with permissions when accessing files from the other distros. When I install Fedora, I have to log in as root and run the following command:

# usermod -u 1000 -g 100 steve
That's something you might want to look into. I think you can run it from a tty terminal instead of from a root log-in, but I'm not sure.
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It,s not a good idea to have 1 home devided between different distros, As some times the same file will be installed in home and will over write the previuos 1. As mentioned above a seperate data partition is better, You can always symlink from /home/user/Downloads to /media/data/Downloads etc.
Old 04-02-2013, 01:35 PM   #5
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You might even prefer not to have separate /home partitions at all, but just a / partition for each distro.

Another thing, I prefer to create my partitions before running the installer, using GParted or even the KDE partition manager, from a live session.
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[QUOTE=m.a.l.'s pa;4923637]You might even prefer not to have separate /home partitions at all, but just a / partition for each distro.

I agree, just set aside a separate data partition and edit each profile to access the one common data (your home) partition.
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