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Old 10-11-2004, 07:30 PM   #1
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Dualboot Suse9.1 and RH Fedora

Hello All, I have installed Suse 9.1 personal on an 80GB hdd with dev/hda2 at the root at 40 GB. dev/hda1 Swap at 788mb, running Grub for bootloader.
I am downloading the iso images of Redhat Fedora and would like to dual boot with Suse9.1.
I plan on just booting from the RH image and installing on the free space of the 80 GB hard drive.
I will create another dev/hda3 for the root.
Am I able to share the dev/hda1 Swap with RedHat?
I wonder what the bootloader will be when I do this?
Will it be Suse with an option between Suse and RH or will RH take over as the bootloader?
Has anyone done this and any advice?

Thank you,

Old 10-12-2004, 01:48 AM   #2
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Yes you can share the swap-partition.
If you install GRUB in the "MBR" (the most common), it will be
the latest install that will be active. It will over-write the old one, since there is only one MBR on the disk.
You may do like this;
- Store the /boot/grub/menu.lst from SuSE. You will need the
"title" entries for suse.
- Install Fedora.
- Add the title lines from suse to /boot/grub/menu.lst
on your Fedora partition.
You will boot on the Fedora GRUB installation, but you have
added the Suse entries. BTW you might want a sepatate
/home partition if you will swap between distributions.
L Ekman
Old 10-12-2004, 03:57 AM   #3
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Ekman, thanks for the tips and reply!
I will post my results later.

Old 10-14-2004, 12:33 AM   #4
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Here is what I did to dual boot Suse and Fedora.
I just installed Red Hat's Fedora 2 with Suse 9.1 Personal on the same hard disk drive with different partitions sharing the same swap drive.
Suse did not dual boot with Fedora 2.
I opened YaST and went to BootLoader and checked out the configuration file.
I copied and paste the first line for title Linux that starts Suse to a line right after that. I changed the Title to Fedora and also the partition that holds Fedora; in this case dev/hda3 and Suse is on dev/hda2.
I tested both and it works dual booting into Suse and Fedora 2.
I don't know what effect it will have using the same Linux Image linuzvm if I upgrade Kernel on either system.
Would anyone have an answer to that?

Old 10-14-2004, 01:47 AM   #5
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A similar experience

2 share the same image makes your sistem a bit more weak vulnerable slower and less unsteady
;why share? it isīnt better 2 use 40mb plus and get individual personalized images
I once got installed in my comp. RH9 and SUSE9.1 in the same comp and I just did this partition in a 20G hd (aprox.)
hda1 1000 mb /boot RH (see note below)
hda2 500 mb /boot SUSE (see note below)
hda3 500 swap
hda4 (extended)
hda5 9000 mb / (RH)
hda6 9000 mb / (suse)
I installed first RH in hda 1,5&3
wen finished; I put the SUSE disk and at the time it ask u agree to the installation get to the partitioning sector and it will recognize you your Fedora partitions
(if donīt... just get to the boot sector and modify manually the GRUB booting config)
well... install Suse in the hda 6&2 and swap in 3.

NOTE: My suse ometimes detects the old kernels and you can share the same /boot partition or after all this just copy the files in hda1 to hda2 and configure it in the Fedoraīs boot config the new path to the image and use hda1 as crypt partition, and when you restart your computer uīll have a beauty boot splash with 4 options:

1 Linux (suse)
2 Failsafe (suse)
3 Linux other (Fedora)
4 Memory test
U can add, modify set default and any u want from suseīs boot config in YAST

This is how i did it when the same,; I am not very familiar with Fedora īcause I just used it a few times, but mostly is like Red Hat ; anyway... Use it just as an opinion and an example, there r various optios
Old 10-14-2004, 06:18 AM   #6
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Hello Carrie,

Thanks for the reply and good information on dual booting the Suse and Fedora.
I am really a Newbie and need to do some more studying but I like to get started and figure stuff out on the fly.
I was wondering what /boot was when partitioning and some of the other partitions such as /home.
Thanks again!



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