The ability to run several distributions at the same time on one box is
terribly useful, it can solve almost any problems of distro compatibility.
It deserves to be more mainstream:
1) You run Debian stable, but you can run programs from Debian unstable
when need be.
2) You normally run in 64bit mode but you want to run some 32bit only software.
3) You want to run some old binary only software that need libc5.
4) You want to build binaries for a distribution you don't normally use.
All that can be easily performed with a chroot. You can share the
home directories and allowing chroot'ed X11 programs to use the X server
mount --bind /home $CHROOT/home
mount --bind /tmp $CHROOT/tmp
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