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I'm configuring a build machine using Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop as the platform. The first user and of course admin is "developer", and then I created lots of user accounts so people could access shares and other services on the machine. I've got to provide developers with access to certain scripts and SDKs. So, I created a folder in the developer's home directory and added other users to the developer group. This works, but I think it may not be proper. I believe there may be a proper, common place to store (not necessarily installable) applications, scripts, and other resources that make them available to all users. Is there a "right" directory for storing applications to make them accessible to all users?

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The link is to the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard which reads, in part, "The /usr/local hierarchy is for use by the system administrator when installing software locally."

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