Custom install to specific partition
I am getting what I feel are conflicting messages when trying to do a custom install of Fedora 11. I'm not "entirely" a newbie, just to Fedora 11.
My system has two hard drives; one came with the system and the second one I added. The first contains the original Windows Vista system and the second has been partitioned as follows:
500G for data and work area for Windows systems
60G for experimenting with Windows 7
10G for Linux Swap
50G for Ubuntu Linux
40G for Fedora Linux
(rest as yet unassigned)
When I partitioned the drive, I set the Fedora partition as Ext3 as is the Ubuntu one.
When attempting the custom install, I selected the swap partition and edited it to indicate that it was to be for swap. I then selected the Fedora partition and edited it to be the root or "/" partition.
But the installation then told me that it had to be an Ext4 partition so I edited it again and changed the type to Ext4. But then I received an error message to the effect that I can't have a bootable partition on
This is turning ut to be a lot harder than the Ubuntu installation which went very smoothly. I must be missing something somewhere....
You need 2 partitions.
/ boot ex3
and a other ext 4
and swap you do not a swap file yet
Add on a /boot partition. This would be wanted to install kernels. I normally allocate 128MB for /boot , but it better you give atleast 250MB.
Try it and let us know !!
Why do you both think there is the need for a '/boot' with ext3 extensions in order to utilize ext4 using Fedora 11?
It is 'GRUB' that has the restriction that requires the use of a ext3 '/boot'. Therefore your kernel needs require some space with ext3. So the choice of '/boot' with a ext3 filesystem will allow this. If you plan on experimenting with your kernels then you should allocate enough space to do so.
Another great reason to use 'lilo'! :)
OK, I think all of these good answers are telling me one thing: I need to do a lot more reading befire I can set this up properly. :newbie:
Following earlier instructions I found when first adding Ubuntu to my Vista +Windows 7 setup, I have the Windows bootloader in primary control where I can select Vista (default), Windows 7, or Ubuntu (where the Grub loader takes over).
So now I see that Grub can't boot to Ext4 and LILO is better.
So I have a lot more to read.
Thanks to all who responded.
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