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Old 09-23-2004, 05:41 PM   #1
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Question Two distros...


What would be the best way to run two distros on my computer? I'm running right now Debian and have Windows, and would like to run Debian and Slackware. If possible i'd like to have both on the same partition using the same kernel image and program settings. I'm not sure if this is possible though, i heard something about it but i'm not sure. If it is possible to run in the same partition how would I set that up? and if not, what program should i use to make my current partition smaller so I can set up the slackware and have it use the same swap, and what settings should I use, etc... Just some general advice. Thanks alot.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 05:54 PM   #2
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i don't think you can have them both on the same partition. you can, however, share certain partitions. i know for sure they can both use the same swap. you can probably also use the same /home directory for both. using the same / would be impossible, since they have different files in /.

to resize partitions, i would recommend qtparted.

just curious, why do you want both debian and slackware?
 
Old 09-23-2004, 05:58 PM   #3
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I don't think you can use the same partition for two different distros. However the Slackware install will enable you to resize your existing partitions and assign the same swap partition to both distros. Trust me, if I can do it its got to be a breeze.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 05:59 PM   #4
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I don't think you can use the same partition for two different distros. However the Slackware install will enable you to resize your existing partitions and assign the same swap partition to both distros without any third party software.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 06:08 PM   #5
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just curious, why do you want both debian and slackware?
Mainly to try out different distros and see hardware compatibilities and things like that, i just want to get a solid ground before i even start thinking about moving to linuxfromscratch. Plus I got the space (30GB for a linux partition is waaay too much when it shares a 50GB partition with windows). And I heard alot about Slackware in this forum, alotta people use Suse, RedHat and Slackware, but Suse and Redhat are too windows-like for my taste. Im gonna do an apt-get install qtparted and see if i can this down by tommorrow.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 06:17 PM   #6
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if you don't want to deal with resizing partitions and installing a new distro, you might want to check out SLAX - it's a slackware-based linux live cd. i don't know if it does slackware justice, but the linux live cds are great for easily trying new distros.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 06:18 PM   #7
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Thanks, will do. If i like it i'll resize my partition and get slackware in there too :P. Thanks alot
 
Old 09-23-2004, 08:13 PM   #8
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My 2 cents -- setting up a dual boot Linux / Linux box is no trouble. I would advise against trying to share partitions however, except for swap, and possibly for /home. Otherwise though, different distros have different default locations as to where they store certain files, and attempting to share things would likely just hose up your system.

Also, I would suggest taking care when you are creating your partitions to use the same filesystem for both distros. Maybe I screwed something up but I tried to dual boot between an "ext3" based distro and a "resiser" based distro, and the results were not satisfactory.

Good luck with it though, you are definitely doing the right thing by exploring different distros and deciding for yourself which one(s) are best. -- J.W.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 10:36 PM   #9
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You can't use the same root partition but you can share /home and other partitions between the two distributions. I have three distro's installed and I share a partition containing my multimedia files with all distros, it's just a matter of adding the partitions you want to share to the /etc/fstab of all of your distro's configuration.
 
Old 09-24-2004, 05:04 AM   #10
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if you don't want to deal with resizing partitions and installing a new distro, you might want to check out SLAX - it's a slackware-based linux live cd. i don't know if it does slackware justice, but the linux live cds are great for easily trying new distros.
It sort of does. Its likely the fastest live cd of the 10+ I've tried.It ain't slack on HD, but its quite good. With a network setup tool, I'd suggest SLAX as a first try to anyone looking to see what Linux was (PCLinuxOS wins, followed by MEPIS, though). Try the multi boot if you can. Its quite a learning experience.
 
  


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