/home in a separate partition
This is very good, but can also create big problems
As you can find in the wiki I now recommend you to have a separate data partition mounted in home instead
(wiki here http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _partition
I hope you can use the system at lest to an extent
Open home and move all hidden files and folders into a new folder (call it what you like)
Then reinstall (format / but of course not home)
I think that does it
Why? If you have not done this before there are settings in the hidden files and folders that can have malicious side effects
Yes I am able to use the system, thanks! I appreciate the wiki link, although I find the explanation of steps there a bit confusing. As far as I can see, the suggestion is to move all your actual files into a nested folder in your home, and to keep *that* directory on a separate partition. This means that home folder would really only be used for app-created settings, etc., while all my data would be another level down.
If this is the case, I don't think I want to have to organise my home folder that way - it is a lot of work to reconfigure every application that I use to put some of my settings in home, and maybe some data partially in another folder, to work out which is most appropriate where, and to remember to do this for everything I install and remove. It also means extra hassle when using any program that uses the home folder as a default and an extra layer of directory nesting any time I want to get to any of my stuff, which is not really ideal. On top of that, I would have to manually copy and merge all my program settings backwards and forwards any time I want to reinstall which removes half the convenience of setting things up separately to start with.
So, alternatives: as I understand it, the only problem is essentially that existing (hidden) settings files in your home folder do not get overwritten, e.g. if a fluxbox menu config was already there, it is left as-is instead of being replaced with the mint one. If this is correct, it seems that just removing/archiving the relevant directories and reinstalling would also solve this problem, so I guess I just need to know which ones.
Do you know which settings Mint Fluxbox installs itself? I'm assuming .fluxbox at the very least
More specifically, which settings does Mint modify from the defaults? I'll try removing the current .fluxbox and reinstalling, and see if that works; if not I'll look around for the ones that look relevant and work up from there. Any pointers that people can give me would be much appreciated! I may end up having to reinstall a few times, but I'd rather invest a bit of time up front than have to work with the other system on a daily basis. Fortunately installation is nice and quick (and thanks to all the developers who worked to make it so!
I'll post back whatever I find out, hopefully there'll be a minimal group of settings that need special handling.
Thanks very much for your help!