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Old 04-25-2004, 10:30 AM   #1
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Talking Dual booting linux with linux?!

I have Slackware on a machine and have never needed to boot M$ machine since so now i'm gonna format it and put Fedora and Mandrake 10 on it to play around with.

I have the hang of installing Linux now but have never tried a dual boot

I have 2x160gb HD so am gonna put 160gb each but how do i partition correctly, Primary and extended on each disk???

Would it matter which one i installed first and can i arrange it so i can share home directory???

forgive me asking a newbieeee question

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Old 04-25-2004, 10:43 AM   #2
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The dual-os thing is easy. One may add the other to your bootloader config automatically. If not, you just have to add the entry yourself with a text editor. Search the forums for how. That question has been answered in detail in several places (I have participated in several threads about this). Sharing a home directory is likely possible. You may have to change the permissions on it to allow writing from one distro to the other (since your first one will set these. I have not done this myself, but have thought about it. If you try to use the same user, you'd have to set the ID to be the same fo both distros and relax the permissions fr that user as well. If you use the same windowing environment for both, the config files may cause problems. Easier to add another user for the other distro's use and share between your two users.

Keep all posted. I wanna follow your progress.
Old 04-25-2004, 01:26 PM   #3
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"Sharing a home directory is likely possible. "

It is possible....the key is having the same username/passwd in both distro's. When you install the second one don't create a home partition...and before you boot it edit fstab to mount your *original* /home partition.

Note: this is only possible if your original /home is on it's own partition.


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