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Old 03-26-2004, 01:10 PM   #1
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Question How do i install mutiple distros?

How do i install mutiple distros?
Last time I tried to install Fedora along side SuSE & Windows XP it just over wrote the boot loader and I lost SuSE (Windows was ok)?
SuSE 9.0 is my main OS but I'd like to run and try several distros and have a nice big boot menu to choose from.

Thanks in advance

Old 03-26-2004, 01:40 PM   #2
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To install multiple distros create a separate root partition for each of them. (You might want to create a common home partiton however). Then install the distro's. Usually their bootloader configuration will autodetect other linux installations and create entries for them. Unlike dumb-dows which would have just blundered blindly over the whole lot (which is why if you do this, INSTALL WINDOWS FIRST!!!) Hope this helps!!!
Old 03-26-2004, 01:44 PM   #3
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You can do that with LILO or GRUB. I prefer GRUB though, it's a little easier. All you have to do is tell it where the kernel and root directory is for your other distro. Just edit /boot/grub/menu.lst (it seems this file can be in multiple places under multiple names, like /etc/grub.conf, or /boot/grub/grub.conf). Add a new entry to the menu like:
title Fedora
kernel (hd0,0)<path to your kernel> root=/dev/hda1
title SUSE
kernel (hd0,1)<path to your SUSE kernel> root=/dev/hda2
Replace the (hd0,0) thingies with whatever partition the distro is on. For reference, I believe it goes something like:
hda1 = hd0,0
hda2 = hd0,1 ... etc

hdb1 = hd1,0
hdb2 = hd1,1 ... etc

In other words, a distro with its root directory on hdb1 would go something like this:
kernel (hd1,0)/boot/kernel-2.6.1 root=/dev/hdb1

You should get the picture. Make sure the "root=/dev/<hdxy>" points to the distro's root partition as well.

I hope my advice doesn't screw up your computer, good luck!
Old 03-26-2004, 08:52 PM   #4
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Last time I tried to install Fedora along side SuSE & Windows XP it just over wrote the boot loader and I lost SuSE (Windows was ok)?
That statement is only partly correct.
No Linux installation was "gone" because a new bootloader was installed.
The Linux bootloaders detect Windows and DOS partiitions easily but do not add other Linux partitions.
There are a few steps to take.
You are going to need to learn to work with the configuration file of the bootloader you choose.
You should always have an alternative boot method (boot floopy, or CD) that you have confirmed works.
I copy the bootloader config file from each installation before installing another. Some distros prefer different options. This makes it easy to add just what each distro wants to the bootloader file.
Old 03-29-2004, 10:09 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, I'll try all your advice and ltes see what happens.




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