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No distribution which follows the FHS (filesystem hierarchy standard) will use /opt to install anything. That location is reserved for third-party applications.
maybe slackware or linux from scratch?! i dont know for sure. but apps installed to /opt is not that unusual. see http://www.slackware.com/config/rootdir.php or http://www.tldp.org/LDP/Linux-Filesystem-Hierarchy/html/opt.html Also possible that an Admin prefers installing apps from sources that are configured to install under /opt by default or such. i ...
In Ubuntu ~/.profile includes: # set PATH so it includes user's private bin if it exists if [ -d "$HOME/bin" ] ; then PATH="$HOME/bin:$PATH" fi
Related: Where should Steam install game data on linux, to be FHS-compliant? I also recommend /opt, many vendors release their software regarding dirs in /opt as the default installation destination - /opt/google/chrome, /opt/Xilinx/Vivado, etc. Of course it would be nice if local administrators would have an option to change that path.
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