I am planning to install some big softwares such as Matlab (4GB), Mathematica (4GB) on my Ubuntu partitions.
I was wondering
- if I installed them on my home
partition, when I reinstall Ubuntu
without touching the home partition,
will the softwares still be runnable
- what are the advantage and
disadvantages of installing
softwares on root partition and of
on home partition?
- with your answer to the previous
questions, what are some reasonable
plans for the sizes of root
partition and of home partition?
Note that I would like to learn
programming in C, C++, Java, Python,
Lisp, databases under both Ubuntu
and Windows, and no games. My laptop
has around 230 GB, where I plan to
install both Windows and Ubuntu, and
reserve 40 GB for Ubuntu (three
partitions: swap, root and home),
110 GB for NTFS partition shared
between the two OSes, 70 GB for
Windows OS partition, and 10 GB that
can be added to any of the above
partitions. I will change my plan
according to your suggestions.
Thanks and regards!