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Old 12-18-2002, 09:47 PM   #1
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Linux and BSD...

I've decide that I want to give BSD a try, but I was just wondering wether there are any issues installing it with Linux.

I want to install freeBSD and Red Hat Linux on another drive, but I'm running Windows and SuSE 8.0 at the moment and when I first tried to install them both, Windows wouldn't work unless it was installed before Linux, and on the first partition of my hard drive, and I was wondering wether anybody knows of any similar issues with Linux and BSD...
Old 12-19-2002, 03:03 AM   #2
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You can use either bootloader, the BSD one or LILO or Grub to boot the other, Windows always overwrites the MBR, no matter what... with *BSD or Linux its in the setup to choose not to do that. I'de use LILO, and just make an entry for FreeBSD... there are examples on the web, I've hosed all my BSD/Linux dual-boots.


Old 12-19-2002, 09:28 PM   #3
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I've tried dual boots many times. I've finally come to the belief that your best bet is to give an entire hard drive to each OS. Not just a partition or two.

What you want to do is possible but, in my opinion, is problematic.
Old 12-20-2002, 11:35 AM   #4
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What you want to do is possible but, in my opinion, is problematic
I have to disagree here, setting up a Windows/Linux/BSD triple boot is just a matter of adding an entry to lilo.conf, once you have the partitions sorted.

Old 12-21-2002, 04:24 PM   #5
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I like using seperate HD's for each os. But thats just me
Old 01-08-2003, 12:41 PM   #6
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I like a seperate hard drive for each also. But I just purchased a 40 gig HD and parttioned it inot 4 slices. The first being Win98, the second Linux and the third FreeBSD. I use the FreeBSD boot loader. Which I actually like a little better than lilo. The main reason I installed Linux last and the Boot Loader automatically detected it and add it to the menu for booting with out my intervention. The only problem I have now is getting Linux to see the FreeBSD partition and the FreeBSD to see the Linux partition.
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From the linux side, you can mount the partition (not the slices), probably just with:

mount -t ufs /dev/hdX# /mnt/wherever

Hopefully your distro compiled the ufs.o module for you, and even if they did, its most likely going to be the read-only flavor. From the FreeBSD side it should be:

mount_ext2fs /dev/ad1sX /mnt/wherever

and will do read-write, but only on ext2, and I think... ext3, but might doink up the journal.




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