I'm new to the Linux environment. Want to get away from Windows7 but have to keep it for now for a few apps (looking into RoboLinux). I have a legacy/MBR eeePC. The plan is to have two windows primary partitions, one for windows7 and one for the hidden windows reserved/system partition. Then I will have one primary Linux /boot partition, ext3. Finally there will be an extended ext4 partition for various Linux OS, “/” root, /home, /swap, etc, all using Gparted.
Initially I want to install the most recent Lubuntu and PuppyLinux Tahr. Lubuntu will be installed first, then Puppy. Then later on I might add another distro or two.
If I create a primary "/boot" and an extended logical drive "/" root partition, will Lubuntu be smart enough to install the boot files & grub2 in the boot partition and the system OS files in the "/" root partition or logical drive?
If that is true, then when I create a "/" root logical drive partition in the extended ext4 partition for the following Puppy install, will Puppy Tahr be smart enough to install boot files and edit Grub2 in the "/boot" partition and the OS system files in it's own "/" root partition? That would be ideal. Especially if each subsequent Linux distro I may install behaved the same way. OR do I have to manually edit the Grub2 file for each new distro installed?
Do I even need a "/boot" partition to have a menu of operating systems to choose from? Keep in mind that don't want to directly edit the MBR but rather chain-load by using boot.img and core.img as described here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_GR...GRUB_legacy.29