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Re: [vox-tech] Running Multiple Distros
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Re: [vox-tech] Running Multiple Distros



On Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 11:11:47AM -0800, Robert G. Scofield wrote:
> I have two questions about running more than one Linux distribution on a 
> single machine.
> 
> #1:  Does the existence of a separate partition for /home mean that it is not 
> practical to run more than one Linux distribution on a machine?
> 
> I have SuSE on one partition, and I have space allocated for another distro.  
> But my home directory is on still another partition.  When certain programs 
> are run they put hidden files and directories in /home.  For example .kde is 
> a directory containing many subdirectories and some files.
> 
> If I install Debian in my spare partition, will the programs in Debian insert 
> hidden configuration files that will break SuSE's connection to it's 
> configuration files in /home.  Will Debian's .kde break SuSE's connection 
> with the .kde that KDE installed when it was originally started in SuSE?

See an answer I wrote to this question previously at
http://lugod.org/mailinglists/archives/vox-tech/2004-07/msg00264.html

> #2  Suppose the answer to #1 is that the second distro will break the first 
> distro's connection to it's configuration files in /home.  Will there still 
> be a problem if I install the same version of SuSE in the spare partition?
> 
> Suppose, for example, that I want a duplicate version of SuSE in which to 
> experiment with configuring files and compiling programs so that if I blow 
> the system, I can still run the original SuSE system.

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