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Old 07-14-2004, 11:10 AM   #1
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Dual booting two different distros of linux?


Hi,

Is it possible to dual boot two different linux distros, such as SuSE and Gentoo? Would you need to do anything special, like create your own grub/lilo loader, or is it just a case of partitioning up for Gentoo and SuSE. Would sort of like to share out /home - is that possible? Any answers appreciated.

Thanks
 
Old 07-14-2004, 12:28 PM   #2
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both suse and gentoo default to grub, and you will have to edit you /boot/grub/grub.conf file, if you need help i can help you, but you'd have to tell me how you've partitioned everything.

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Old 07-14-2004, 12:46 PM   #3
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You could use the same home partition for both distros, but you'd have to use different user names to avoid conflicts (suppose your using differnt KDE versions. Your config file might be different for each distro etc. etc.)
But you can always make a symlink to the folder you keep your personal files in for both distros (make a 'normal sized /home for one distro and under /home/yourname make a folder for these files. Then make a small /home for the other distro and a link to the files folder on the other /home partition - be sure to mount it in fstab to ensure accessibility)
 
Old 07-14-2004, 06:57 PM   #4
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Dual booting between distros is certainly possible and is actually fairly common, however, my recommendation is that the only partition that should be shared between the two distros is swap. While it may be possible for other partitions to be shared, I would not recommend it due to the possibility that differences between distro A and distro B may lead to incompatibilities. Different distros could use different directories for certain activities, and the risk is that what works for A might break something for B.

What I'd recommend instead is to create a separate /home partition for each distro, then just mount the "other" /home to a mountpoint of your choice, and maybe even add it to your fstab if it's seomthing you'll be doing frequently.

That's just my 2 cents; there certainly are other options out there. Good luck with it either way -- J.W.
 
Old 07-26-2004, 02:42 PM   #5
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I have tried this with SuSE 9.1 and FC2.. putting them on 2 separte disks..Changing the
bios to boot to one or the other..

The last yum update I did on FC2 changed something in /boot on the SUSE 9.1 disk..
so now only FC2 boots..

Suse uses a splash screen to "hide" grub from the user..
not sure how to "separate" the root partitions of the each os.. except on separate disks..

ideas????
 
Old 08-26-2004, 12:56 AM   #6
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i have fedora 2 up and running on my laptop with one main partition one for the boot loader and a swap partition and i want to install slackware but i'm not sure how to repartition my drive. the bootloader is GRUB0.94.

help
 
Old 08-26-2004, 03:53 AM   #7
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super-teds do you have empty space left on the drive?
 
Old 08-26-2004, 03:58 AM   #8
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theKat: boot into FC2 and mount the suse partitions. The suse I have uses GRUB in a different way from what I've seen in any other distro. What you'd expect to be in grub.conf you'll find in menu.lst.

Copy the info for booting suse and add it to the FC2 grub.conf making the necessary changes to reflect drive order (you'll probably have to change the location of the suse partition(s) from hd0 to hd1).

Now boot like you would for FC and you should get a choice between FC2 and Suse. (if you have any trouble post the suse grub.conf and menu.lst as well as your FC2 grub.conf)
 
Old 08-26-2004, 03:01 PM   #9
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i've done it now. i repartitioned the HD and then did a fresh install of fedora followed by installing slackware on the free space using fdisk to set up a partition for it. seems to work.
now onwards and upwards?!? configuring slackware
thanks
 
Old 08-29-2004, 02:45 PM   #10
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OK, so I want to boot SuSE and gentoo with SuSE already installed. I have no unpartitioned space on the disk. I have 40GB hd with 14GB free. How do I resize the partition so I can create a 8GB partition to load in Gentoo?
 
Old 09-12-2004, 11:18 AM   #11
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(been away for a bit, but I'm back with new energy...) have you got QtParted?
 
Old 09-12-2004, 07:54 PM   #12
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if not, he might be able to ReSize with a Mandrake 9 or 10 edition disc 1. a cd burn of any valuable data on the drive is HIGHLY recommended whichever you use.

load the gentoo into your new partition(s) as you see fit. place your boot file in the first bootable partition of the gentoo install (NOT in the MBR).
boot into the other distro, and add

other = /dev/hdxn #whatever your gentoo boot partition is numbered. my freeBSD is set to boot from /dev/hdb1
label = Gentoo
table = /dev/hdx #this is the disc it's on. /dev/hdb in my case.

this is a lilo config. grub shouldn't be quite as difficult to caress; if you use lilo, SuSE may whine about the table error thing, when you run /sbin/lilo, and prompt you to add something along the line of TABLE_IGNORE after the lilo.conf menu. do and /sbin/lilo again, and enjoy your dual linux boot system!

hope this helps a little.
-luck
 
Old 09-12-2004, 08:30 PM   #13
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IF you want a common folder for storing personal non distro specific files you can set up a partiton and format using any of the Linux formats or FAT 32. This can be done relatively easily using QTParted. Set file permissions accordingly and ensure you mount the partition when you boot into the chosen distro.

Last edited by MathewT; 09-12-2004 at 08:33 PM.
 
Old 03-12-2005, 05:11 PM   #14
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SINGLE BOOT DUAL LABLE=/boot problem.......

OK, here we go with a monkey wrench of all....

I just loaded FC3 (with the works) on to a 15 gig.
I want to access the RH8 drive (hdb) and pull files from it to the
the FC3 drive (hda). While booting up, and watching the logs.

from the netfs during bootup
mount: mount: /LABEL=/boot duplicate - not mounted


All I want to do is mount hdb and pull files from it. I can't
figure out how to run diskdruid form FC3 so i can delete the
second /BOOT file.

Any idea's on how to fix this real quick would be great.
Email me a CC: of what some of you gruru's post please,
I will be working on a few other things through out the
evening tonight.... (Saturday march 12 6 pm EST -florida)

kd4efm@kd4efm.org
 
Old 03-13-2005, 02:10 AM   #15
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I think this may help:

Go into the grub configuration file (grub.conf or menu.lst) and change root=LABEL=/(or similar) to the actual location of boot e.g. root=/dev/hda4

Then when all is ready, reinstall the boot loader. I'm supposing you're using Grub, so that would mean su-ing to root (on a command line) and doing "grub-install /dev/hda"

If you're not sure which it is, one possibility would be to make two complete entries in grub with a different boot in each one of them and try which one boots into your system.

Check out this post: http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/sho...256#post215256

Hope it helps
 
  


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