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Old 03-13-2004, 10:46 AM   #1
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Install more one Linux distribution on the same PC

Hi - I'm currently running Debian on my AMD K6 II PC. It's the only operating system on my PC. The PC has only 1 hard drive (20 Gigs) & there's more than 10 gigs of free space. My partitions are as follows; hdc1 - boot; hdc2 - root and hdc3 - swap.. Is it possible to install & run more than one Linux distribution on the same PC? If yes, where do I get the instructions?

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Old 03-13-2004, 10:49 AM   #2
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You can simply install another linux. Linux can be installed on logical partitions. A bootloader (lilo or grub) could boot both. You can share swap between them, nice . I've done it too. Only getting the one linux booted by the other was a little difficult. Try google for more info, or the manpages of your bootloader
Old 03-13-2004, 11:58 AM   #3
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if you don't want to reinstall both OSes you need to resize your filesystems and partitions, which is quite tricky, and risky.
it would be a good learning experience, but don't do it if you use this machine for anything important.


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