I am installing Ubuntu 7.10 and eCS (OS/2) into a 40 GB disk of
IBM Thinkcentre M50 besides pre-installed XP. eCS is there already
and both XP and eCS boot happily from BootManager, so now I need
to create Linux partitions, install Ubuntu and add Grub into Linux
boot partition. That should work provided I can keep Linux installation
from touching MBR (not even the partition table). I have 14 GB left
with one primary partition. I have had differing opinions about the
need of a separate /boot partition. I planned to have just root and
/home, put Grub in the root and mark it bootable for BootManager - but then I do not know a lot about Linux so I might overlook something.
Would it be good or bad idea to have a separate /boot and why?
If good, should I give the primary partition to /boot and put root
into a logical.
This 40 GB disk is mainly for the operating systems and essential
programs and it will be kept cloned at all times for backup.
Thanks for your thoughts!