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I would like to dual boot mepis 8.5 and mandriva 2010.1. How do I set up my partitions and how do I install the distros so I can go from one to the other. I have a 40GB hard drive, which has been wiped clean.
Most live distros have their own installer all you need to do is give it the space and it will partition for you. As far as the dual-booting if you have unallocated space and choose that for your installation it will dual-boot and should find boot for other distro. Mepis is a debian based os I would install it second because it uses grub2 which in my opinion is easier for newbies.