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Old 07-18-2008, 07:02 AM   #1
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putting different distros in one dvd


i downloaded and purchased(since its cheap and i am supporting their efforts) a couple of distro. but it will be a waste if ill burn them each in one dvd.

is it possible to put some distros in one cd? Example i have here pclinuxos, fedora 9, ubuntu 8, linux mint and linspire, how can i put those in one dvd that after booting in dvd i can freely choose what distro i will install. is it possible? if yes what do i need to do.

i am doing this first in windows then in a linux. please give me tutorial and instructions how to do it in both os. thank you
 
Old 07-18-2008, 03:00 PM   #2
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1) Keyword for google ... multi boot dvd

This is for the wi.. part
http://www.free-news-release.com/Cre...etail_595.html
==> Create MultiBoot CD and MultiBoot DVD - MagicISO
and
http://ostatic.com/160853-questions/multiboot-dvd
http://www.magiciso.com/index.htm

2) For linux, keyword (probably) .. multi boot dvd linux.

3) These are 'isolinux/isolinux.cfg' examples, which can
be edited to your requirements. Seems to be an idea to have
some different "initrd" in different locations instead of
one complex one. Example from LXF DVD 103, Linux Format.
(Double sided)
I have cut out some text ...
Quote:
DEFAULT /casper/vmlinuz
GFXBOOT bootlogo
GFXBOOT-BACKGROUND 0xB6875A
APPEND file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
LABEL live ubuntu
menu label ^Start or install Ubuntu
kernel /casper/vmlinuz
append file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper initrd=/casper/initrd.gz quiet splash --
--
LABEL opensuse
menu label ^OpenSUSE 10.3 Live
kernel linux
append initrd=initrd ramdisk_size=512000 splash=silent showopts
LABEL mandriva
menu label Mandriva Linux One 2008
kernel mvmlinuz
append initrd=minitrd.gz fastboot splash=silent vga=788
= = > 3 different "initrd.gz"

Quote:
default livecd
prompt 1
timeout 150
gfxboot bootlogo
LABEL Knoppix
KERNEL linux
APPEND ramdisk_size=100000 init=/etc/init lang=us apm=power-off vga=791 initrd=minirt.gz nomce loglevel=0 quiet BOOT_IMAGE=knoppix
label PCLinuxOS
kernel vmlinuz
append livecd=livecd initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/rd/3 acpi=on vga=788 keyb=us splash=silent fstab=rw,noauto
= = > 2 different "initrd.gz"

3) Edit iso example (works every time, not the link, but the method)
http://www.asylumnation.com/blogs/am...post-2775.html

4) Warning : 1 DVD will probable not do, making this perfect
with the first "prototype" is difficult.

Good Luck !

PS.: add 3).. I have used the method in 3) the opposite way of your requirement,
to reduce a multi DVD to some cd's : extract the iso, edit and make a new .iso .
And doing it the other way round should be no problem.

Last edited by knudfl; 07-19-2008 at 07:13 AM.
 
Old 07-20-2008, 09:54 AM   #3
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i used magiciso to make my first suse and linspire multiboot dvd but i got two errors. my error when i attempted to boot in linspire is read error and series of weird characters e.g. E127430GH129. what does this mean? is my Magiciso combo messed up because the isolinux.cfg needs to be modified or it is just looking for files in the root directory which is missing because it is located to a folder as a whole bunch of iso file(my linspire was named as 1.iso and suse as 2.iso)?
 
Old 07-21-2008, 10:03 AM   #4
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Suggest : Burn one .iso to cdrom (DVD) at a time in Windows
( " method ... burn image to cdrom )

Then you can install a Linux distro e.g. Suse and then
use Suse or PCLinuxOS as system to make " multi - boot - DVD's "
( PCLinuxOS is one of my favorites, never fails )

Being a Linux forum, it is much easier to get help with
Suse or another well known system.

( I have never used 'Magic Iso' , and I used Windows last
time a year and a half ago )

Good Luck !
 
Old 07-25-2008, 10:58 PM   #5
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can you help me how to edit these isolinux.cfg of these distros. i am new and im not familiar with linux commands. i have here kubuntu installed. im planning to merge:

pclinuxos 2007, kubuntu 8.04.1, linux mint 5, feather linux 0.7.5,absolute linux 12.1.03 , burning thunder pup, bayanihan linux 4.0, puppy linux 4.00, damn small linux 4.4.3, simplymepis 7.0

please help me im planning to make my first experiment in my dvd rw

in my second dvd im planning to merge

linspire 6.0 and suse 10.1
 
Old 07-28-2008, 02:10 PM   #6
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Just experiment, start with an isolinux.cfg
and add other entries to that. And see examples
in #2 again.

And bye a big box of DVD-R or some DVD-RW :
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ux-5.2-658407/
(used 30 pcs for one experiment)

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