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A question for you all. I have a system that currently has 3 disks, one part for vista, one part for 'work', one whole disk xp, and one whole disk storage. I dual boot using the vista dual boot system to xp as default cos vista is a load of manure as you know. So time has come to replace vista, not sure which flavour of Linux to install yet but will be dropping the 100 gig part that has vista and installing solaris on 50 gig of it and something else on the rest. So my question is not "What flavour should I load" but does anyone know if just loading grub / lilo in mbr will still allow me to load xp when I need to. (Accounts software etc. on xp and not sure if wine is up to it yet!)
I have used Ubuntu and Mandriva and currently have an openSUSE server and laptop, dual boot laptop with xp pro, no probs with that install but as the new desktop already has a dual boot that will be trashed by removing vista I am not 100% sure how to proceed.
Hardware is P4 3.2 GHz, 1G RAM, Nvidia 128 Meg graphics card, will be updating shortly to larger card.
There will be no problem loading a disk with XP on it, as GRUB allows you to chainload other OS's bootloaders. You could do it with LILO too, but most people find GRUB to be a little more robust in environments like you are talking about. LILO is fine for simple installs, but with multiple disks and 3+ OSs, I would personally go with GRUB.