I am interested in setting up my machine so that I can try different distributions of Linux. I want to always be running Ubuntu (10.04.3), but would then try other distros in a dual-boot setting.
Since the file hierarchy will be similar, I am wondering if the programs that I install and the settings in Ubuntu will work on the 2nd/test distro side?
If so, does it make sense to mount
/var each on a separate partition so that I can then mount the same files in the corresponding folders the 2nd/test distro side?
Is it worth it to try to use these files in both systems simutaneously? Or is it easier just to change settings and re-download programs in each system? If yes, why? If no, why not?
I am speculating that it will depend heavily on the distro, so if that is the case, then answer the question for:
- Linux Mint, and
- all other Debian based distros.
(ie, "would this work for all Debian based systems?" -- I am not looking for an answer for each one.)
Update by OP:
- It was dumb to suggest moving /etc to a separate partition: According to the Ubuntu documentation, the root partition must always contain /etc or else you can't boot.