how to partition for multiple distros?
I've just built a secondary desktop from old parts. I'd like to use it to try out different distributions for a few months before I actually put it to use. I have two IDE hard drives (10Gb and 40Gb). Since I've never had multiple distros on the same machine, I was wondering how I would go about it. I usually have the following: 32M for /boot, whatever I need for swap (on primary partitions); 30-40% of what is left for root and the rest for /home. Sometimes I also have a /usr or /usr/local partition. Can different distros share swap and /home partitions? I was thinking:
/dev/hda1 swap swap 256Mb [shared]
/dev/hda5 / ext3 ca. 10Gb [distro #1]
/dev/hda6 / ext3 ca. 10Gb [distro #2]
/dev/hda7 / ext3 ca. 10Gb [distro #3]
/dev/hda8 / ext3 ca. 10Gb [distro #4]
/dev/hdc5 /home ext3 10Gb [shared]
Would this work? If not, how would you suggest I go about it? I was thinking I would write the bootloaders to the mbr during each installation. BTW, I wanted to try RH/Fedora, Slack, Gentoo and ArchLinux (if that makes a difference).
Any help is appreciated.