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Old 03-13-2004, 09:07 AM   #1
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Configuring Grub


I am fairly new to Linux. I always told myself that I was going to learn how to use and manage a distrobution of Linux. I recently got a little excited however. Here is what I did to my laptop:

Windows XP
SuSE 9
Red Hat 9
Red Hat 10 - Fedora Core 1
Lindows 4.5

Each distrobution of Linux uses the same 1GB swap file.

I had wanted to load FreeBSD 5.1, but I have had issues with the installer so I have changed my mind for now. Each OS loaded its own boot loader onto my laptop. I want to reconfigure Grub so that I can boot into any of these OS's from one large menu. I also want to set up a 3GB partition for general storage that each of the Linux distrobutions can share.

I am open to suggestions on what to do. I have seen much on how to re-configure grub, but I don't know how to get to the file to configure it .
I have no clue on how to make the 3GB storage partition and then make each distrobution see and use the partition.


Old 03-13-2004, 09:39 AM   #2
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about Grub, you have excellent howto available on the net:
about your 3Gb partition, you just need to edit /etc/fstab for each linux distro and add this partition. Hence it will be mouted at boot.
Hope this help you

Old 03-13-2004, 09:53 AM   #3
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Have you considered using a virtual PC system like VMWare or Virtual PC?

Of course, I am assuming that the reason you are installing this number of OS's on one system is because you want to test/learn each one. A virtual PC software is the best way to do this. I have Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT4, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Longhorn, RedHat 7.3, RedHat 8.0, Redhat 9, Redhat AS 2.1, Redhat AS 3, Mandrake 9.1, Mandrake 10 (installing now), Fedora Core 1, Slackware 9.1, and FreeDOS installed on VPC's. I can boot to each of them without having to reboot my host OS. I can play with them, break them, fix them, reinstall them, all without having to risk my host system.

As to configuring grub....

Most likely, grub was installed by the first linux distro you added to the system. The grub.conf or menu.lst file will usually be found in /etc on the RedHat/Fedora distros. If you installed grub manually then it's going to probably be in /boot/grub.

The best guide available as to what to put in the configuration file can be found at


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