Or potentially harder
on windows, sure it will be !
release two version must not be really hard and could be automated, one with only os partition for update, other with full image
This would however fragment a lot of the tutorials reference things. Although just making everything use symbolic links would make most things work. However that would just be for things that I define in the image.
a good solution will be to set other partition as /home,
but menu is in /home and near all what is setup more are also in home folder,
in a way this is perfect, only update core os and let all user settings & additional binary in place
but if menu contain additional programs who are setup in the real classic way (/usr/bin /usr/local/bin …) the menu will get fucked up entry
in this case not follow good method is a valuable point %)
also, with fstab (like for /boot), mounting /home could be automatic, just transparent for users and all existing tutorials
in arch i follow an only package way, letting all update to the classic system way, not needing new os release
got an only os partition release is more or less an in the middle solution
each modification you done you release a new revision, you made a fantastic work,
but users cannot follow you as fast, in fact they may reformat only if real issue is get out or if they fucked up their system,
also you provide as you can information to update without formatting but as release advance it cannot be followed step by step, for users and also for you
I fear I will need to be here forever
that’s the point ^^
you made an awesome job but cannot be forever the full support
re standardising things that will be prevalent from now on.
So perhaps setting a new standard starts here with us, the users.
that’s i was originally try to set up long time ago, full white page with community choice before all extend too much ^^
externalize data partition with fstab mount could be transparent, easy to setup without major changes, just create the 3rd partition, and tell extend script to work on this one instead
one issue would be it will limit in size the system partition, needing let sufficient free space into for the future
but yet, does the game is worth the candle ?