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Old 11-06-2003, 04:18 PM   #1
piratu
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Question HOWTO : Slack + Mandrake + Windoze


Hi,

First of all don't throw at me with anything for wanting doing that!

Intro (I hope no more than 4k ;-)) : I'm a Mandrake Club member and trying to get along with this distro, but after some "pain in the ass" witn 9.2 ans bugs in the 9.1 (that for my system) I've installed a Slack on my computer to learn (I thought that in MDK I'll get all configured automatically, it's true, but my system freezes in graphical mode and I was advised to compile the kernel and install the nvidia drivers manually, so I said to myself : what a wonderfull world! and go back to Slack because from there I've started)

But why not install both of them (Slackware 9.1 + Mandrake 9.2) and get along together! Cool but how I do tat?

Here is my HDD's map :

/dev/hda1 62.7Mb usually /boot ext3
/dev/hda2 5004.6Mb usually / ext3
/dev/hda3 10072.0Mb unusually C:\ ntfs
/dev/hda4 102100.6Mb extended
/dev/hda5 40037.0Mb unusually D:\ ntfs
/dev/hda6 258.8Mb swap
/dev/hda7 10032.8Mb usually /usr ext3
/dev/hda8 1004.0Mb usually /var ext3
/dev/hda9 1004.0Mb usually /tmp ext3
/dev/hda10 49763.8Mb usually /home ext3

I can resize the /dev/hda5 partition anf gain 10Gb if needed and I'll use the /dev/hda1 as boot partition for MDK, the /dev/hda2 as the boot partiton for Slack. I would like to know the order of install, what partitions can be made commun (I would like to keep separate the /usr, /tmp and /var if it's possible) and any other suggestions of a better partitioning scheme and finally how to manage the boot loader and where to install it.

Thanks in advance for any thing that might help.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 05:05 PM   #2
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Swap & boot can be shared, & maybe home. Not sure how XP will react to multiple primary partitions & not being first among them. The bootloader should probably be grub, with it's first part in the mbr & second part in the /boot. If this is Mandrake's already used boot partition, it probably already is like that. When you install Slack, you don't need to install lilo. Boot with the cd in the beginning (it can boot an already installed slack) and find the location of the Slack kernel. Then add entries in grub's config file.

Last edited by aaa; 11-07-2003 at 07:57 AM.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 05:38 PM   #3
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Originally posted by aaa
Swap & boot can be shared, & maybe home. Not sure how XP will react to multiple primary partitions & not being first among them. The bootloader should probably be grub, with it's first part in te mbr & second part in the /boot. If this is Mandrake's already used boot partition, it probably already is like that. When you install Slack, you don't need to install lilo. Boot with the cd in the beginning (it can boot an already installed slack) and find the location of the Slack kernel. Then add entries in grub's config file.
windoze reacts very well, it didn't say a thing. I've installed it once and made a ghost, now I've changed the partition scheme and moved windoze system partition from /dev/hda2 to /dev/hda3 and after I've restored the ghost image. all was perfect (it's a kinda of smart and configure dinamicly the whole system's parameters to run on the new partition, all that I had to do was a ... reboot as usual!
windoze is a nice beast when you know how to deal with it, linux is my problem.
I thought to install MDK with grub in /boot (/dev/hda1 and being the active partition) and use /dev/hda7 as / partition, the /dev/hda2 the / partition of Slack (and install there a lilo to boot it and create a menu in MDK's grub to boot the Slack partition as if it was a windoze one), to share the swap, /tmp (I can clean it at boot time to be propre) and /home (but then I have to use diferent users on each system. I must use a separate /var for each system and I'll not create a separate /usr for each system, I'll leave all in /.

it seems that Slack in a full install uses 2.8Gb and hope that 5Gb will be enough.
MDK uses in an almost full install 3.2Gb os space, so 10Gb will be more than enough to install lots of apps.

is it what I think OK?
are there any other ideeas?

Last edited by piratu; 11-06-2003 at 05:41 PM.
 
  


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