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well, you can start the install, but its best to reformat so no problems arise.. though if you wanted you don't have to reformat the /home directory, but might not overwrite the existing files if you wanted it to or not.
best recommendation though, reformat the partitions, saves you any troubles that might arise.. and it shouldn't take that long during the install process to reformat.
If you've got several different distros, would you have to copy the kernels from each distro onto one partition for LiLo to see them, or can she see kernels on any partition? I know this is fairly basic question, but:
1) I recently tried to install Debian Progeny, and was unsure if the 'new' LiLo (the Progeny installed one) would automatically see the Mandy distro and give an option to boot that (it turns out that it wouldn't install properly anyway, must burn new CD).
2) I am thinking of putting RH7.2 (when I've downloaded it) alongside my M8.1.
Sorry sunilk, saw concorans reply and I sort-of hijacked this thread.
Anyway, since I'm here:
I know that Linux wants its bootable bit (not sure, is this just bootable partition or the kernel image itself?) to be somewhere under the 8Gb marker. If this is the kernel image, could I, for instance:
Install Debian (I'm still trying) onto the last partition on my HD (it starts at something like 30Gb marker, and then to the end, which is 40.1Gb). Boot Mandrake, copy the debian kernel image from /dev/hda14 to the /boot dir on Mandy's system (which is comforatably in the 4Gb marker range), edit my lilo and be able to boot Debian (even though the rest of the Debian system still resides at 30Gb+)?
Sorry for the possibly weird approach to this - I've just had a silly length genetics seminar, which seemed to focus on markers for this, markers for that, and markers for the other, hence I've got markers peppered all through this entry.