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Old 06-29-2005, 07:14 PM   #1
junctionking
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Tri-Quad-Pent-Booting


I am at the point where i need to try different distros. i want to have like 5 distros running. im just not shure about the partitioning. im going to have a swap partition, boot, and home. And plan on running GRUB. My question is do i need seperate partitions for each distro or can i install them all on one partition?
 
Old 06-29-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to LQ! you should have searched, for I have asked this VERY recently.
nevermind, here's the tip.

YES you need a separate partition for some stuff...
you need a / for each distro- make it extended.
use cfdisk on knoppix to partition your drive.
you can share data by setting up /usr /home and /tmp partitions.
you need a swap partition - like double the size of your ram.

what distros do you want to install? I am in the process of getting slackware, debian, vector and X (possibly mandrake, or maybe something else...) as well as Windows 2000

slackware is great for setting up GRUB. Check out my bookmarks for some good links in my multibooting adventures...

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Old 06-30-2005, 05:05 PM   #3
junctionking
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You say slack is good for grub? when i installed 10.1 it installed lilo automadically. but then again i will try it again. and some of the distros i want to try are, slack, gentoo, knoppix, and maby one other one.
 
Old 06-30-2005, 06:00 PM   #4
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well, I told it not to install lilo. I like grub better. Slack rocks in letting you actually use your computer. Struggling with Debian right now.

The reasons I chose my distros were: I wanted to have a slackware based, debian based, and rpm based linuxes. That and CD availability. vector is a one cd download, debian netinstall is one CD, I had the slackware 10 CD's (magazine) and the Mandrake 10 CD's (magazine)

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