So here is my question. I wish to have up to 6 *nux varients on this disk drive. I am trying to figure out is how to do this. I know that I'll need some sort of boot manager that will allow me to select a partition/distro/something, but I'm not sure if there are any out there that are free and will allow several distros to play together all at once.
I only use Linux distros in a multi-boot scenario, no BSD or Solaris, but I use GRUB as my boot loader. Seems to work well for me. The GRUB manual can be found here
Yes, it's free and, if you're using Linux right now, might already be installed.
I'm sure the way I do it isn't the best and the guru's at LQ can browbeat and correct me. I have one 500MB partition (hda1) for my /boot partition. When I install a new distro, I choose not to install the boot loader. Create a sub-directory in /boot (e.g., /boot/debian) and move the boot directory from the new install. Then I edit the grub.conf (menu.lst) file to add my new distro as an option. Reboot, cross my fingers, and select the new distro. Problems now and then? Yeah, but usually associated with my grub.conf edit.