I chose OpenSuse for the Linux version based on several factors. I had used Ubuntu and it is a fine implementation, but after trying OpenSuse I was convinced.
Reasons not using Tumbleweed version of OpenSuse
8 Things to do after installing OpenSuse
A comparison of 5 Linux systems.
Using the Windows Subsystem for Linux WSL.
Using Linux as a Media Server
Common Problems and Solutions
for VPS administration
Operational Warnings about Linux in
general and OpenSuse in particular
When you setup the OS, you will have a "root" user and at least one normal user(yourself?). The thing to watch out for is doing things with the root user who is the "super user", for instance the super user version of the file manager to move or copy files. Unless you are careful such files may end up in the the root users partition which is most likely a btrfs one and limited in space. If that space runs out you may not be able to recover the system and be able to reboot or even delete files to enable a reboot! You have been warned. I made this mistake once, not twice, myself.
The bulk of the "packages" that you can
install in Linux will be installed in the root user(partition). Which
will make them available to all users. There is an implied assumption
that the Linux system will be supporting many "users" and each will have
a section in the "home" partition. All of this "home" stuff and it's
partition is separate from the "root" partition. In the case where the
OS is damaged beyond recovery, you will have to reinstall all that was
in the root. However, packages that were installed for individual users
will most likely be intact, this includes your user data like desktop,
downloads, documents, videos, etc.
If your Linux installation were essentially a
one-user one, then it would desirable for all packages to be installed
in "home" rather than "root". I am not aware of any way to make this
happen as you have no control over the placement of materials that you
install as "packages" from the Linux distribution centers. But, this
explanation may be of some help in your learning process.
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