I'm new to the Linux world and whilst I've been learning the ropes, I've read some conflicting opinions regarding the creation of separate partitions for /home and other directories during OS install.
Some say that having these directories in separate partitions allows you to reinstall without losing your data. Others say that it adds pointless complexity to the system and that some unwanted files from old installations linger after new installs.
What do you people think about this?
If storing certain directories on separate partitions is a good idea, why is this the case? Would it be better to use completely different drives?
Is this different from distro to distro?
Thanks in advance.