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I would not think that would be a good idea. You could run into problems with keeping both distros using the same version of a program. Not to mention that some commands are in /bin, /sbin/ then the rest are in /usr/bin and /usr/sbin. Sounds like a problem to me, or will be anyway. My opinion there. No promises.
A better idea would be a shared /usr/local or /opt, and make sure you install software you want shared to that location instead. This would be best for software you compiled yourself - as long as the right libraries are present (or you compile statically) the software should run under your different distributions.
Since I already have fedora installed on the 40 GB drive, what is the best way to split that drive into several partitions without having to wipe the drive and start from scratch?
Partition magic doesn't show how much of the disk space is actually being used by fedora, it just shows it as a linux partition. Since Fedora is already up to date and has alot of stuff on it I would prefer not having to wipe the drive totally and restart.
I usually boot my Gentoo install CD, mount the partitions and copy them to another temporary drive. Then setup the original drive the way you want it then copy it back from the temp drive to the original drive.
This should work with any Linux bootable CD. Knoppix comes to mind as well. It has a lot of steps but it is better than another install from scratch, especially with Gentoo.
Somebody else may have better ideas. I have done it that way, a lot I might add. I'm always changing something.
ok.. had big time issue during install, First I booted with the Fedora C2 disk and ran thru the setup on that partitioning the 40 GB drive as follows leaving my 80GB drive for Win XP,
512 MB Swap
19 GB /Home
4 @ 5GB for each distro
each set as follows
/ "this was the root for the fedora"
/Lyc for Lycoris
/Gen for Gentoo
/Slc for slackware
Finished installing Fedora no issues, updated fedora using apt & synaptic, no issues.
Rebooted with the Lycoris cd, did not allow it install new boot loader, selected a partition for installation which was not the fedora partition, the installation ran completely thur with the only issue being the viedo card it selected was an Intel810 instead of my radeon 7000.
After installation was completed it rebooted the computer and would not boot into either Fedora or Lycris. When attempting to boot into Fedora it gets to the part where it says loading disks then drops to a command prompt asking for the root password to repair files.
I have no problem booting into win XP at all but can not access either Fedora or Lycoris. Checking the drive in partition magic it shows the 40GB disk without partitions and gives error 110 for that drive, If I try to partition or format that drive using partition magic it gives a "BAD MBR" error.
Any good advice on proper installation techniques for multiple distros specifically booting with Fedora Core 2, Lycoris, Gentoo and slackware 10.0???
Or any other invaluable information to help with this error...