Starting from the top->down:
1. I let Mandrake 7.0 automatically partition my disk. It did so into boot, root, swap, and home. Mandrake has assigned a personal directory to me as /home/mlb (my initials). Fine, if mlb is where I am to store my personal files.
2. I am trying to install StarOffice 5.1 so that I, or another person, can use it. Star Office tries to auto install itself under '/home/mlb', which will either prevent another user from accessing it, or should I give permission could result in their modifying it, let alone their accessing my personal files.
3. I tried to install it as '/home/Office51, but Mandrake wouldn't permit this. I then discovered that there is 'home, and 'Home'. 'While home is a sub-directory of /root, '/Home' is a partition.
4. I assume that non-system software belongs on the 'Home' partition. As user 'root' I have, therefore, installed Star Office as /Home/Office51. Mandrake accepts this, but, when I leave 'root' and log myself in as in as 'mlb' I cannot access it.
5. Where, then, in Mandrake's scheme of things should StarOffice be installed? I notice, for example, it is organised somewhat differently than SuSE If I understand SuSE, I would install Star Office under /usr/opt. I tried this with Mandrake but could not access it.
6. In summary, what I suspect I need to know is where what optional progams (such as StarOffice51), of what type, go where in Mandrake. I cannot figure this out from the Mandrake on-line manual. Also, where can I find a descriptive Directory/file tree that shows how Mandrake files are set up?