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Old 07-28-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Post multiboot linux


I'm completely linux newbie. I got a PC(32 bit) from my friend that has Fedora & Ubuntu on single HDD.Now I need to install Suse on the same HDD without destroying other distros.Please let me know what are the prerequisites for this? & how to do this step by step.

I'm not sure how the before installation is done?? I'm not sure about grub editing/tweaking.Plz guide me clearly.If you need any additional information plz let me know.At present installation of SUSE is very important

Ubuntu 10.04
Fedora 13
OpenSuse 11.3


Thanks in advance
Raju
 
Old 07-28-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
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For multiboot procedure involves

1) Creating space on your hard drive
2) Creating new partitions for the install
3) Add the new system to existing grub

You also need to know which existing linux controls the boot, Ubuntu or Fedora. Ubuntu uses grub 2 so boot screen will be black white.

What size is the existing hard drive? Is there any free space?
Post the output of

fdisk -l

(This may be sudo fdisk -l from Ubuntu)
 
Old 07-28-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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Suse has a good graphical installer , you just need enough space for it,it will configure itself,without destroying other distros, So go on,follow the steps of installation carefully..
may I know what open suse is proving which is not fulfilled by ubuntu and fedora..
 
Old 07-28-2010, 04:50 PM   #4
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thanks for quick reply guyz

sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40016019456 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0004944b

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 25 200781 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 26 662 5116702+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 663 793 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4 794 1538 5980161 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 794 806 97280 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 806 1414 4881408 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 1414 1538 999424 82 Linux swap / Solaris
 
Old 07-28-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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default options what i got for partitioning in suse is

/dev/hdc2 (4.8G) for /home with reiserfs
/dev/hdc6 (4.8G) for / with reiserfs

/dev/hdc3 as swap
/dev/hdc7 as swap

will these settings erase previous distros??? how to proceed
 
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If it is new enough, consider a virtual machine and you can run two at once.
 
Old 07-29-2010, 03:10 AM   #7
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Hey you can save more space by deleting one of the swap.. as one swap partition can be used by all linux distro..
as there is running single OS at a time ,you can increase your hard disk space by deleting one of the swap ..
 
Old 07-29-2010, 03:16 AM   #8
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if you are afraid of loosing the partition of existing linux try manual partition in which you can select at least an empty partition (no filesystem in it) with a size of 6 gb minimum ....add the existing swap as swap....
look carefully the partition in which you are going to install suse is not / for the fedora or ubuntu...
 
  


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