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Old 11-01-2005, 05:34 AM   #1
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multi booting

Can anyone help?I've been running simply mepis since about august with some success but also a few problems,such as apt get updates,firefox not working etc.but i really want to stick with linux so i thought i'd try booting with a few different distros such as fedora pclinux o/s kannotix etc.the trouble is i'm not sure how to partition the hard drive to enable booting a variety of os's,and whether it would make any difference which you installed first?I've found loads of tutorials on how to dual boot with windows but I don't want to install windows at all.Does anyone know any good websites that will explain how to do this preferably in simple terms.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Old 11-01-2005, 06:56 AM   #2
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Nope - nothing specific, just bits and pieces everywhere.
In general, use the first bootloader you install, and don't allow any later distro to install one. Just update the (original/working) conf to handle all the later additions.
Distros that have (automated) GUI installers are a PITA - the more you have the worse the problem.

GAG is another option people have mentioned - haven't used it, but looks a good idea.

One day someone (me maybe) should do a wiki article for this ...
Old 11-01-2005, 07:03 AM   #3
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Basically, all you need is one partition for each distro.
There are different ways to boot, I prefer having only one /boot-partition where I copy all kernels + initrd. I install grub once - and once only! - then just copy those 2 files and edit /boot/grub/grub.conf
Most distro's can also be installed via ftp (with fast internet connection) by only copying kernel+initrd to the /boot.
And then, I would suggest creating a few extra partitions - maybe you'll want to have separate partitions for home and possibly other stuff? I have one partition for /home, one for /usr/local (where I store stuff every user should have access to - movies, pictures, some applications...)

Some people prefer keeping the boot-stuff separate (that is, no /boot-partition) and use chainloading instead. That, too, is easy to configure.
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It's really not that different than dual booting. You just need to have a partition for each distro you are loading. I was able to load up Win98, Slackware and Vector on an old machine and it was a flawless install. Give it a shot and you will be surprised how easy it is.
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I wrote this post sometime ago and the moderator stuck it into a Q&A section.

The orginal title was

"A lazy way to increase multibooting in Linux"

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Old 11-01-2005, 11:41 AM   #6
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thanks for all the replies,but I was looking for a more straightforward step by step guide.I am a noob and this stuff is going right over my head.maybe I'll leave it a while and just stick with mepis for now.thanks again


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