Re: root partition size?
Originally Posted by fantab
It's just the regular installer for Ubuntu, the one that runs from the live CD or Desktop CD.
I've found it to be very reliable. I've done it multiple times on two different computers with no problems*. I've never lost data with it.
Thanks for the info.
Though I will confirm with the old school and keep my data separate. Its too much of a risk to trust the installer with my data.
Don't get me wrong, there are still good reasons to have a separate /home partition: You have a lesser liklihood of filesystem corruption affecting your data, and if you've already got a /home partition there's no benefit to moving it back onto the / partition. Other Linux distros can't preserve /home if it's on the same partition as /, so if you want to try any Linux distro that's not based on Ubuntu you should have a separate /home. On my main desktop I have /home on a different hard disk altogether, although this is for speed reasons and "because I can".
My father's computer and my laptop have /home on the same partition as /, and as I say, I have had no problems*.
*The "preserving /home" feature appears to be incompatible with btfs filesystems, although you shouldn't be using btfs because it's not stable yet. I still didn't lose any data, the installer just refused to continue.
I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.