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Old 11-15-2005, 06:01 AM   #1
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can we dual boot Suse 10.1 and RHEL 4.0


Hello,

I have installed Windows XP and RHEL 4 both dual booting.
Now I want to install Suse 10.1 and want RHEL 4 + SuSE 10.1 + WINDOWS XP to boot from a common boot loader. Is it possible ?

Please let me know.
It will be very kind of you .

Thanks
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:26 AM   #2
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yes

absolutely no problem at all.

the set up really depends on which boot loaded you are currently using.

probably grub or lilo.

if not then you need to use one of those :-)
 
Old 11-15-2005, 08:03 AM   #3
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If you change you mind and want DOS, Win3x, Win9x, BSD, Solaris plus another 50 Linux the answer is still

Yes.

What is more it is the same way as you are booting the existing 2 systems, regardless if you are using NTldr, Lilo or Grub. With NTldr and Lilo you need to run them in a team of boot-loaders in relay as NTldr and Lilo have limits of 10 and 15 systems respectively. Grub can boot the whole lot in one menu.

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Old 11-15-2005, 08:08 AM   #4
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Hello,


Thanks for answering.
I have installed windows xp -> rhel 4
now i want to install suse 10.1.
will it automatically detect another linux distro and will configure the grub of suse for that or will i have to manually do that.
plz let me know

thanks once again
take care
 
Old 11-15-2005, 09:13 AM   #5
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if you are not experienced, i would let SuSE's grub take care of everything. However, bear in mind that if you later remove SUSE the boot loader would stop working.
 
Old 11-15-2005, 09:28 AM   #6
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Suse should multi-boot XP and RHEL if you keep an eye on the installer like a hawk.

To make sure it does the next time you are in RHEL replicate its boot loader in the root partition. Say if it is in hda3 the command is

grub-install /dev/hda3

The above can make the RHEL "chainloadable" by another Grub, Lilo or NTldr. You change hda3 with hda to put it in MBR or change hda3 to fd0 to save a copy in a floppy.

If fails to do it it is a matter of adding 3 line of text in its /boot/grub/menu.lst. These are the standard 3 lines that boot any chainloaderable system

Title my system in jth partition of ith disk --Grub counts from 0
root (i,j)
chainloader +1

I wouldn't worry about losing Suse's Grub as RHEL's Grub can be put into the MBR to do the same job.

The MBR boot loader can be switched around as often as a user wants. All it matters is the booting control file.

For Grub it is always /boot/grub/menu.lst . Both Suse and RHEL would have it they use Grub as the standard boot loader.

For Lilo it is always /etc/lilo.conf.

Grub is the easiest to work with and requires the least work.
 
Old 12-08-2005, 05:42 AM   #7
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One Complete Hardware Solution for RHEL4,SuSE10,Solaris10

Hi Dears,

Hope you all will be fine.

I want to have an Intel based HT Technology enabled HCL which can totally serve for RHEL4,SuSE10,Solaris10 as well as their up-coming releases.

Including Also
LAN,
Modem,
VGA,
VOice,
Printer,FAX,

and all other optional things.

Thanks for your guidence.

Looking Forward.
Aamer Javaid
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Old 12-08-2005, 07:29 AM   #8
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In Linux you don't dictate what you want because you are not paying for it. You take whatever work done by the volunteers and you can have as many free versions you want to coexist with all your paid versions of M$ systems.
 
Old 12-08-2005, 11:41 PM   #9
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HCL for RHEL4,SuSE10,Solaris10

Dear Saikee,

Hope you will be fine.

Thats true that in Linux we don't dictate.

Therefore I am asking the same question about what hardware(HCL) if you or anyone know or if you/anyone want to share with me whatever work done by the volunteers or share me how to accomplish the as i above mentioned.

Thanks in Advance.

Looking Forward.

itfuel@gmail.com
 
Old 12-09-2005, 02:45 AM   #10
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I am not hardware person as I don't have a lot of choices. What exactly is the HCL? What does it do to you?

I have moved my distros from a Socket 754 KT8 Neo with a AMD64 3000 PC to a Socket A Asus A7N8X-E Athlon Sempron 2800 PC and then to the current machine with Asrock Socket 939NF4G and a AMD64 3200. The first switch was to go downward in an attempt to get better compatibility but now I readise there is no need so I moved upward again.

I don't know what is your worry.

My box cuurently have over 80 systems installed. The majority will just hook to the Internet, play MP3 and arrange networking without any intervention. There are a few systems that have the sound or network card not yet working.

I have not bothered to give a single driver for any of the installed systems!!! I just go with whatever the generic drivers available from each distro. Sure I may get a better performance if I start to search around. That will come when I pass the 100 systems because I am still searching for a PC system that cannot be booted by a Grub floppy.

My feeling is that it is only a matter of time that Linux will sort out the outstanding drivers. In the mean time just go with any system that suit your particular hardware. One of the reasons I "retain" the systems I installed is that I can check the setting of a working system with another that has parts doesn't work. I have no idea of what kind of the onboard PCI Express video graphic I got in the current PC. I managed to get all the distros working again simply by checking the seting of one that works and replicate it on the others.

Therefore if you are prepared to be flexible there should be a few Linux or BSD that will suit your particular needs. I can't say the same for the Solaris because it isn't meant for the PC market and the support isn't widely based as the Linux.

Darwin x86 is perhaps the best example. I could installed in only one of the 4 boxes but it still panic for not having the driver. I know I may be able to solve the problem by buying hardware from Apple but why should I bother when the Linux are still working after being moved from partition to partition, disk to disk and machine to machine.
 
Old 12-10-2005, 12:53 AM   #11
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One Complete Hardware Solution for RHEL4,SuSE10,Solaris10

Dear

Hope you will be fine.

The reason why I am searching all this :-

1). I am a New to UFS plateform and wants to buy an Intel HT based Harwdare to support above mentioned OSs and their upcoming releases.

2). I want to have a PC as you have to install and run the OSs freely without any trouble.

3). I have seen RHAS 2.1 not working with Intel D82865 VGA card but found RedHat 9 on the D82865 working fine.

looking Forward.

Aamer Javaid
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