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Old 08-02-2006, 11:23 AM   #1
wonkydonk
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Dual Booting 2 linux distros


Hi, i'm new to linux and i would like to install to distros onto one HDD. i have tried before but 1 just wiped the other one.
can anyone help with a guide?

tjanks alot
 
Old 08-02-2006, 12:08 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if this is the best approach, and it's not something I've tried yet, but I would create different partitions and install each distro into its own partition. That way, you can be sure that the 2nd distro you install isn't going to overwrite the 1st one. LiLo and/or Grub should pick up both distros when you install the 2nd one... hopefully.
 
Old 08-02-2006, 12:14 PM   #3
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The best approach is probably one distro per hard drive. However, I don't follow my own advice and boot several distros from the same hard drive. carambar is correct, install one distro per partition. I, at one time, had six distros on one of my hard drives.

The installation of the second distro should recognize the existing distro and make the appropriate modifications to allow you to choose during boot. If not, manually modifying the files isn't a big deal.
 
Old 08-02-2006, 01:40 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by wonkydonk
Hi, i'm new to linux and i would like to install to distros onto one HDD. i have tried before but 1 just wiped the other one.
can anyone help with a guide?

tjanks alot
I run three distros out of one hard drive. The key is that you install first one and configure the bootloader. Once you do that, install others distros but donot let them install their bootloaders.

After the subsequent installs, you would have to modify your bootloader config file and include entries for other distros.

Partitioning is the key, don't let the distro auto partition (that may have been reason why your earlier attempt did not work). I always choose manual partition. You can also create partitions and filesystems before hand with a live-cd. Try system rescue cd. Check out www.sysresccd.org

Tux,
 
Old 08-02-2006, 06:37 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by tuxrules
I run three distros out of one hard drive. The key is that you install first one and configure the bootloader. Once you do that, install others distros but donot let them install their bootloaders.

After the subsequent installs, you would have to modify your bootloader config file and include entries for other distros.

Partitioning is the key, don't let the distro auto partition (that may have been reason why your earlier attempt did not work). I always choose manual partition. You can also create partitions and filesystems before hand with a live-cd. Try system rescue cd. Check out www.sysresccd.org

Tux,
I gotta agree with tuxrules here. I had 3 going at one point. I was just a case of having 3 root partitions, one for each distro. I used a common /home and as long as I had the same packages installed in all 3 distros, then all links, shortcuts, icons etc just worked. If you don't, then you end up with some facilities that don't work because you ain't got the packages installed.

In truth, IMO, there was no point in doing that, because the only real differences until you're "up to speed" with linux, are the package managers (and if all distro are based on same system, then not a lot of difference) and some of the artwork/iconsets/etc etc.

I would suggest, that you set up (or get someone to sort it for you) so that you have 4 partitions for linux, a /boot, a /swap, a / (that'd be root) and a /home. That way, again, as long as you install the same apps/packages, you can just change distros quite easily by installing a new one to the / partition. You'd only need to tell the installer of the new distro where the "mount points" are, and to format the /boot and / partitions. Provided the same apps/packages are present in the / then when you log in as user the stuff should pretty much work, the only stuff you might loose would be distro specific eye candy stuff.

regards

John
 
  


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