Originally posted by aje
After reading other threads with similar topics, it seems that making a /boot partition is helpful because you can edit grub/lilo from either distro. But if I delete the partition that is at the first sector of my drive, aren't I unable to create another partition in its place? Would it be possible to get around grub and install lilo instead? and just install that to the MBR?
A separate /boot is a very
good idea - you can delete a distro, and still have a boot-able machine.
Truly useful if you are playing with multiple distros.
Don't understand the question re the first partition - you can always replace a deleted partition. No partition is in the first sector - the MBR (and partition table) is.
You can replace the boot-loader at any time; I'd suggest you pick one, and stick with it. Subsequent distro installs should not install a boot-loader; use the one you have already on the disk, and update the conf to reference the new distro.