Just read Saikee's highly impressive "How to boot 100+ systems via grub" tutorial. Two things arose on reading which have me asking questions.
1. Chainloading or direct booting. Why one and not the other ?
Several lines from that menu.lst file :
title Asian Linux @ hda33
title Ubuntu 6.04 Dapper (by direct boot) @ hda34
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-8-386 root=/dev/hda34 ro quiet splash
Was there are reason why Ubuntu 6.04 was not chainloaded as well ? I assumed it could not be hence the "direct boot."
And number two question. During a new linux installation will you ask the boot loader ( that comes wiht that distro of linux) to be installed on the "root partition" as opposed to the MBR so it does not interfere with your "100+ grub menu.lst"
I take it you will have to edit your main menu.lst( which contains all the lisings to boot the 100+ os) manually. Adding separate lines for your new Linux.
Clarifying these two problems will definitely enhance my understanding of Grub and the way it operates.
I have a spare partition on a HD which already houses Ubuntu. I would like to install a new linux on this but do not want it to overwrite with my current grub startup menu /MBR which was installed by Ubuntu.
Essentially I would like to install the new linux and manually edit my original menu.lst adding the new linux details.