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Old 03-01-2005, 04:45 PM   #1
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Triple boot system: Windows XP, Linux, Solaris 10


I was wondering if I would have problems with the idea I currently have. I have two hard drives, a 120 GB and a 40 GB. the 120 has windows XP. My idea is to split the 40 GB to put Solaris 10 and a type of Linux (preferably one that will work with my network card). I currently have Suse 9.1 on my 40 GB, and I believe I use Grub as my boot loader. I heard of problems about Solaris 10 not liking to share a swap partition with Linux. My question is: Is there a way for me to get a triple boot system with the configuration I just described, and if so, how would I go about doing it... is there a special trick involved?
 
Old 03-01-2005, 05:43 PM   #2
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Yes, you can do this. You could partition your second drive any way your wanted. I do not know if the solaris swap requirements differ from linux but if they do you could make a swap for each. With the way linux manages memory I have never seen swap used my desktop and only a few times on one of my servers. IMHO one could probably forgo the swap anyway. I am usually more concerned with getting /var /boot and /usr on their own partitions.

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Old 03-01-2005, 06:25 PM   #3
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Re: Triple boot system: Windows XP, Linux, Solaris 10

Quote:
Originally posted by RazielX
I was wondering if I would have problems with the idea I currently have. I have two hard drives, a 120 GB and a 40 GB. the 120 has windows XP. My idea is to split the 40 GB to put Solaris 10 and a type of Linux (preferably one that will work with my network card). I currently have Suse 9.1 on my 40 GB, and I believe I use Grub as my boot loader. I heard of problems about Solaris 10 not liking to share a swap partition with Linux. My question is: Is there a way for me to get a triple boot system with the configuration I just described, and if so, how would I go about doing it... is there a special trick involved?
You can do it using either Grub or LILO. There is a thread
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=262100
which tells you how to do it with LILO. Just change the hard disks you need to handle correctly and it should work.
Regards,
Maidros
 
Old 03-02-2005, 05:54 AM   #4
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I heard of problems about Solaris 10 not liking to share a swap partition with Linux.
Solaris is using a slice to swap, while linux is using a primary or extended partition for it, so by default they are different.
There should not be a problem to tell linux to use the solaris slice for swapping, if you really want to save disk space.
However, I think linux want to have some sort of formatting done on the swap partition before it can use it.

Solaris and Linux are both using the same partition ID (0x82) for Solaris (Primary) Partition and Linux swap, this is causing problems with a few Linux distros that wipe out the Solaris partition at installation time (e.g. Mandrake).
This is resolved with Solaris 10, that by default is using a new Partition ID (0xbf ).
 
  


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