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Old 05-10-2004, 07:36 AM   #1
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Question How many Distributions can co-exist on a computer?


I am looking to install three distributions on my computer, which are Red Hat 7.3 (for school project), Fedora and Debian (all latest versions; my own interests).

I am currently reading Linux for Non-Geeks and Linuc Receipe which uses Fedroa and Debian respectively.

I have two HDs. Red Hat will be on one and the other two on the second HD.

Does anyone know if Fedora and Debian will co-exist? The second HD is 80G and I have allocated about 10G for each distributions using Partition Magic. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!!


Old 05-10-2004, 07:42 AM   #2
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That really depends on the bootloader, lilo, grub or whichever you use. I think I read about a limit of thirty or so, not sure of exact number.

Be careful of what you share between distros though. /boot is OK and I would recommend it, the rest are a bit touchy.

I have had two Mandrakes and two Gentoos at one time. I don't use windoze so not sure how that would work.

Hope that helps a bit.


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This is the record so far, I think :
Old 05-10-2004, 11:31 AM   #4
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I didn't get any reporters to document my efforts but I did send the partition table to the guys at partition boot managers.

check here

I plan to put more systems on the box one day. just bored and quit.
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I plan to have mandrake, slack and debian on here soon (currently mandrake slack and winxp.. then mandrake slack debian and winxp
Old 05-11-2004, 12:25 AM   #6
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You won't have much problem with just three. I had Mandrake, Debian, Morphix, and Slax on one drive (as well as Windows 98 on another drive for that kewl racing game I had). I booted which ever I felt like with LILO. I have also done WinXP, BeOS, FreeBSD, Mandrake. Don't sweat it. You can do three easily.


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