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Old 09-18-2004, 01:00 AM   #1
sonic1
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Two distros on one disk?


Hello,
I am currently dual booting WIN XP and SUSE 9.0.

Both have their own disk, a 12 gig for XP a 40 gig for SUSE.

What I would like to know is, is it possible to run two different Linux distros from the same disk?

I'd like to have both SUSE and Fedora on my 40 gig and then at start up be able to boot to either XP (from the 12 gig) or SUSE or Fedora.

I don't even know if this is possible.

If it is possible, would SUSE and Fedora be able to use the same /home, or would they have to have their own?

Any advice or links to informative websites would be appreciated.

As for how my Linux disk is currently partitioned, it doesn't really matter as I have no problem with the idea of re-partioning so that I would have an ideal partition for this kind of setup.

Thanks in advance,
Sonic1
 
Old 09-18-2004, 01:21 AM   #2
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You can have as many as you have space for. If you plan to have more than one Linux distro, I suggest you make a seperate /boot that is shared by all distros. I used to have Mandrake and Gentoo and they shared /boot. As long as you name the kernels something different, it won't matter.

At first I had a seperate /boot but it was a nightmare. It never worked right.

Hope that helps.

 
Old 09-18-2004, 01:35 AM   #3
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You can have as many as you have space for. If you plan to have more than one Linux distro, I suggest you make a seperate /boot that is shared by all distros. I used to have Mandrake and Gentoo and they shared /boot. As long as you name the kernels something different, it won't matter.

At first I had a seperate /boot but it was a nightmare. It never worked right.

Hope that helps.

At least I know it can be done.

Maybe being still fairly new to Linux (6 or so months in) I'm trying to jump into to much to soon, because while what you said makes sense to me I've no real clue as to how to get it done.

Do you know if there is a website, a book or article that might step me through such a thing as this?

Thank you for having made reply I appreciate it.
 
Old 09-18-2004, 03:08 AM   #4
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This is a relly good place to get info. You, like me at first, may have to read them a time or two to get the idea. That site has tons of info. I have yet to read it all. May take years to do that.

http://tldp.org/

You can do almost anything in Linux. It's just getting the knowledge to do it. I do mess with windoze, other peoples machine, but find it limited as to getting it to do what you want.

Searching forums and www.google.com/linux is the best resources of info I have found. Most of the time searches will fix problems. I am rarely the first to have a problem. Someone always beats me to it.

Later

 
  


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