I'm working on a little ad-hoc project at work to support a set of five Dell Latitude D620 notebooks. My plan is to use a USB hard drive with two separate PCLinuxOS installations on it to account for minor hardware differences among these machines (we have some laptops with intel video hardware, and some with Nvidia).
The intent is to use the USB drive as a data recovery tool in the event XP takes a powder and becomes unbootable some fine day.
The questions I am having are:
1.) Is maintaining two separate installations really necessary? (i.e., is there a way to support both hardware sets from one installation?)
2.) If the answer to question (1.) is "yes", then would it also be necessary to maintain separate swap files and separate /home partitions?
I'm thinking that swap is flushed during a shutdown/reboot, and that /home will have some config files different between the two hardware sets, so that a common swap might be okay, but common /home partitions is a bad idea.
What say you, folks?
Thanks for any insights.