I am using Windows 7 on a single laptop with the following accounts:
- an Admin account (for running Windows Update, Windows Backup, and installing programs)
- a user account for Work
- a user account for playing Games
- a user account for Podcasting (= not work, not games)
- sometimes user accounts for Visiting friends & family (so they can browse the web or use the printer without messing with my work files etc.)
Each user account (and the admin) store files in their own bit of their hard drive. In addition, I use the
public folders for things which I want to access from all the accounts (music & podcast MP3s, shopping lists, etc.).
I often use Parental Controls to force myself to log off from Games or Work at certain times! Obviously, I know that it's possible to use my Admin password to play games from my Work account, but since I have to work and play at the same desk, I find that having them in separate accounts helps my work/life balance.
Due to the impending end of support for Windows 7, and the fact that Windows 10 is known to brick this model of laptop, I am planning to move to Ubuntu. As a first step, I plan to install Ubuntu to a USB stick (I don't think persistent is a good choice, because I want to get used to daily work and play on Linux before I mess with the internal hard drive). I have an existing NTFS non-system partition (D: on Windows) that I should be able to use to share data between the two OSes.
How can I create a setup serving the same functions on Linux, separating work from play?
I believe that the root account will function in the same way as my Admin account, though I believe that it is customary to use
sudo rather than logging in as root.
I also believe that each Linux user can be given different
/home folders for storing documents/savegames/podcasts. But my reading to date suggests that all users must share the same set of programs (in /usr/bin), so that my games will always be accessible to my Ubuntu Work account. Is that right? Also, how can I make my MP3s accessible to all users? Do I need to keep them on the D: partition, or is there a sensible way to store them on the Linux partition?