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Old 07-20-2010, 10:13 PM   #1
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Dual boot dilemma


I want to add openSuse to my pc so that grub gives me the choise of Ubuntu or oS.
However during instalation, oS by default, places my new partion, Sda3 in /usr. Will that bring about the desired result?

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Old 07-21-2010, 05:04 AM   #2
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I havn't used Suse for long but during install it should give you the opportunity to properly set partitions and mountpoints manually. If you want to share data among both you need a mountpoint for your home directories and maybe the /usr directory as well. (Probably you are better off only sharing the /home directories). For each of the OSs you need an additional mountpoint / where the system is installed. Should be possible but I guess you have to try another time...

Good luck

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Old 07-21-2010, 07:38 AM   #3
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Careful. AFAIK Ubuntu uses GRUB2 (please correct me if I am wrong). SuSE uses GRUB 0.97 or some such, which will not see GRUB 2. Thus you can either install SuSE after partitioning by hand and installing its GRUB in the root directory and consequently after reboot into Ubuntu you must edit the GRUB config files by hand. Or you install SuSE's GRUB in the MBR and let it find Ubuntu (which it should be able to boot).

Hmm. Post the output of "fdisk -l /dev/<your-disk-here>". Then we can advise on the layout for dual use.
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1) Push the button "Create Partition Setup"

2) Select "Custom Partitioning (for experts)"

3) Choose a partition ( highlight it) and double click
and a new "Menu" will appear : Click the "Edit" button
.. next select "Format partition" ( choose a file system )
and next enter a mount point ( / ).

4) Finish !
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