- I'm working remotely
- I'm working remotely and I want to reboot but have everything come up again when done.
- I want to connect to my machine via SMB from a Windows machine like my netbook
- I want to have jobs going off at regular intervals
- I want to print.
At this second, really. I'm in the "try before you buy" part of the Ubuntu LiveCD, mounted on the office USB key.
One of the tricks I use, and this hardly rises to the level of trick, is to keep my
/homeon a separate partition from
/, which means that everything I really value on a computer is safe while I wipe and pave over the operating system. I must admit that I didn't always do this, but I didn't always have 40GB (work) or 500GB (home) of drive to play with. Come to think of it, I have a 40GB drive for
/at home as well as the big drive for
But, while that's really helpful, there's more to remember.
crontabisn't saved in your home directory, so, when you wipe and reinstall, you lose your
crontab, which, if you're like me, is as finely tuned a config as your
.alias. So, the trick is to always save a copy of your
crontabto a safe place. Schedule it. Put it in your
There's other considerations, too. I had an X11 problem that forced me to tweak my config to fix
notify-osd, so I copied my
xorg.confto my home dir. I have a bunch of tools I use a lot that are not standard, so my apt
sources.listhas been changed. So I have that copied. I saved list of installed packages so I can start to reinstall the things I want without having to try to remember it all. Also, Ubuntu desktop defaults to DHCP, but my network address is hardcoded. I know that address, and if I forget it I can always
nslookupmyself to get it back.
Time to reboot.