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Old 02-27-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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Question Can I install a different flavor of linux to a second hard drive for evaluation?

I have just moved from Windows Vista to Ubuntu about a week ago. Ubuntu is on my old c: windows at all. Can I install a different flavor of linux such as Fedora, Mandriva, etc to a separate external hard drive so the I can evaluate different ones? If
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Sure you can.

You can also let "setup" automagically re-partition the install on your (formerly) "c:" drive and dual-boot multiple OS's from a single disk.

But if you repartition, there's always the risk of losing everything.

And if you run from an external drive, it might be a slow USB drive. And you'd run the risk of poor performance reflecting badly on your trial distro.

Try downloading and playing with some "Live CDs". That way, you can experiment with different versions, without having to install ANYthing.

Try experimenting with virtual machines (e.g. Xen, VBox or - my favorite - VMWare). You can set up an entire virtual lab inside of your one PC!

'Hope that helps .. PSM
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Thanks PSM... that's exactly the info that I was looking for.
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Or try virtual box if there is enough room on your hard drive

it runs multiple Linux Distro's on your orignal ubuntu.

the above is just an example of installing XP on ubuntu

sudo apt-get install virtualbox


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