The most important data on a non-server Linux system often resides in the user’s directories, found under the
/home directory. User directories are named by default according to account usernames, so on a computer where I have an account named
matthew, my home directory would generally be found in
/home/matthew. This can be changed, and if you’re curious you can read more about it in Chapter 11, “Command-Line Master Class.”
Segregating the system and user data can be helpful in preventing data loss and making the process of backing up easier. For example, having user data reside on a separate file system or mounted from a remote computer on the network might help shield users from data loss in the event of a system hardware ...