Hi all, bit a newbie. . . or is that n00b? Who knows? Firstly, i apologise for the bold /italics, but i do have a tendency to ramble so needed to highlight the questions. I am using a standard configuration ASUS 1000H, currently with xp installed.
anyway i have been toying with the idea of trying a linux installation for some time. I recently created a bootable usb of ubuntu, and then of ubuntu netbook remix. i had some troubles getting ubr to boot but eventually got it sorted and am happily using it as i write this thread. which reminds me of another question: if i have installed a program through the add/programs function (in this example amorak), provided there is sufficient space on the usb, will that program remain installed on the usb stick when i reboot using the usb stick? If so, is the program installed as part of the os installation or will i need to reinstall the program.
Now onto my main questions.
My understanding is that the ubuntu installer includes a partioning utility to partion the hdd so that the os's can be installed independently of each other on the same machine.
Ideally what i would like to do is have seperate partitions for each operating system, and then a third partition for storage that is used by both operating systems. this scenario is operating under the asssumption that i would, for example, specify in windows that the my documents folders are located on the third partition say g:.
I would the like to do the same under linux, specify that the documents etc are located on the third partition, so that from the UNR desktop launcher, i could click on documents and it would effectively be a shortcut to same folder used as the my documents folder in windows.
I guess in a more succinct way my question is using ubuntu, (specifically ubr) can i specify which folder opens when i click on the documents button? i want to avoid having to click through documents and settings, user etc to navigate around my media files when using ubuntu.
if this isn't possible, the alternate scenario would be for me to install the operating systems in separate partitions (my configuration currently has two almost equal sized partitions) and then use my external hdd as storage for both to make it more accessible, just have the hard drive with my documents, my videos and my pictures etc and navigate through the folder that way.
if any one can make sense of my reasonings above and provide some feedback it would be greatly appreciated.