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I'm learning Linux by trial and error installing several distros and picking the one that I feel is easier for me. (I also have Windows XP on my system - that is an important note).
Last week I installed three distros - in this order - OpenSUSE 10.2, Ubuntu 6.10 and Fedora Core 6. When I installed OpenSUSE it installed GRUB to MBR and made my system dual boot (with Windows XP). OK, no problems here. Then I installed Ubuntu - it also installed its GBUB to MBR and made my system trial boot (XP, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu). No problems here either.
But, when I installed Fedora it also installed its own GRUB loader to MBR and made my system dual boot again - XP and Fedora. I can't boot to OpenSUSE or Ubuntu anymore.
Please advise how to fix that. Also, is there an easier way to install multiple Linux distros without letting them installing their own loaders each time to MBR and pray that it will correctly identify all previously installed systems?
There are (of course) multiple solutions, as is the Linux way.
Most rely on not letting installs update the MBR - force the boot-loader to be installed into a partition (generally root or /boot).
gag seems a reasonable option, although I've never seen the need myself.
Go find a (any) post by saikee, and check out the references in his sig-line. Last time I looked there were several options there for you to ponder.
I might also suggest that you install a copy of VMWare (free for 60 days) or Parallels (free for 30 and what I ended up buying.) You can do a Live boot from a distro that supports it and / or install it in a virtual machine. I do this all the time with many, many distros, firewalls, etc. and my base machine is never impacted.