What a pity… after trying the alternate ubuntu CD of 8.04 I almost lost my “Home” directory.
For Ms-Windows guys: it is somehow like your local “C:” drive, or – if tobe more precise – like the “My Documents and settings”.
I was lucky enough to have two things:
1) A backup of all important documents;
2) Mandriva 2008.1 Gnome CD that I tried “exposed” it – It showed me the lost “/home” directories – so I could take a second backup. It is a separate partition – which is in the Ms-Windows world a logical disk / hard drive.
So … I was so happy with what Mandriva showed me that I really think to go back to this lovely Linux distribution. I still have good memories from it, when it was still called “Mandrake”.
But for the meantime – and since my “/home” was no really gone I re-install Ubuntu 8.04 from scratch.
I told the installer – of course – to use the same /sda7 partition for “/home” without formatting it.