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Old 05-20-2003, 02:37 PM   #1
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Easy to set up another distro?

Hi everyone,

I have a P3-800 box with WinXP and RedHat9 using GRUB as the bootloader. How difficult is it to install another distro on this box? Chief concern is how to modify or replace the GRUB that RedHat and WinXP depend on?

I guess I'd need a distro that would accept GRUB or would I be forced to edit the grub.conf file in /etc. I understand that I can boot in with a floppy afterwards to edit it but what distro takes charge if you know what I mean for the boot? I hope that doesn't sound too confused?
Old 05-20-2003, 02:40 PM   #2
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Editing grub is easy - just don't install a bootloader when you install the new distro. I would be very surpised if you couldn't find a grub config example for the distro you choose.
Old 05-20-2003, 07:19 PM   #3
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Of course.

I just manually edit the existing one and don't install a boot loader with whatever distro I go for.

Old 05-20-2003, 10:46 PM   #4
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Both Grub and Lilo can be used as chain loaders, I use lilo and when I install a distro to my test partition I install lilo to the root of the partition, I have an entry in my main lilo.conf as follows to chainload the second lilo,
other = /dev/hda6
  label = test
You set the delay to zero on the second boot loader for instant boot and set a delay of whatever if your into testing development kernels.


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