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I am very new to Linux. I have installed SuSE 8.1 on my old Dell pc with Windows 98se on one partition and SuSE on the other. SuSE took care of all of this for me, which is great since I don't know partition from schmartition. There are a couple of other distributions I would like to try. My question is, can I install them on this same machine, and will their installers also create a new partition for each of them? Will the boot loader list them all for me to choose from? The machine is a four year old Dell Dimention XPS T450 with a P3 450, 128 megs of RAM and a 9 gig HD.
Thanks for any information.
You can have as many distro's as will fit on your HDD infact, some guy once installed over 30 distros on one box. As for the bootloader, you will have to enter each one into the config file but after you do that, it will list them.
Thanks, Joey. Enter them in the config. file? Lions and tigers and bears, Oh, my! I have no idea what that means. I'm hoping Lycoris and Xandros will take my tender hand and walk me through it. I know...you're a Slackware user and L and X are the bane of existence to you guys. Give me time...I'll get there.
Go for the lions, tigers, and bears.
If you are wanting to do multiple distros, you want to know how to work with the configuration file of the boot manager you use.
In any case, confirm you are able to boot your operating system(s) by another method (floppy or CD rather than just the hard drive) to save yourself some headache.
You don't need to be a Slack user to understand the bootloader. After having headaches with all the bootloaders, I found that GRUB is the best. Take some time reading their document and you should be ok.
Another thing you should know is that although windows doesnt boot from extension partition, linux has no troubles with it. (May not be relevant to the question... )
Piece of advice that will likely save you some grief when doing multiboots. Before you install each new distro, write down the settings of the current bootloader config (locations of root, kernel, kernel parameters, and initrd). That way if the new bootloader fails to properly setup the multiboot, then you can manually enter the settings to fix the problem. You'll also find that some installers are better at setting up multiboots than others.