Thanks for your answer. The method you propose seems the obvious, but also the hard thing to do. What I wander about is the way of installing a new distribution without destroying the /home directory. I already use 100,636,044 bytes at /home. Putting them on DVDs, and then restoring the contents from them would take a huge amount of time. If I could resize the partition without loosing its content, and then link my /home there, it would be an ideal solution.