Originally Posted by reddazz
You don't really need separate swap partitions for each distro, you can use just one. As for disk partitioning, make sure you make a max of 3 primary partitions and a large extended partition. You can install 2 or 3 distros on the primary partitions and then create many logical partitions on the extended partition and use that to install more distros if you wish.
Can I divide that Extended partition up into 3 logical partitions? If I set the root directory of each distro to each of the 3 primaries, and set the /usr, /var, etc to the 3 of the 4 logical partitions, and the swap as the 4th logical partition, will that work?
Originally Posted by syg00
Nope - you can only have 4 primary partitions.
You need to start using logical partitions.
Plenty of discussions both here and elsewhere on the web - tldp.org has a partitioning howto.
Yeah, I found a dozen or so articles explaining what they are, but I can't find anything explaining what it means as far as multibooting is concerned. I don't know if it's ok to put a root on a logical partition or if there's anything I need to watch out for. I can't seem to figure out exactly how to actually partition them. I've got an idea how I want them now though, so lemme see if this works