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Old 09-24-2004, 05:58 PM   #1
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Multiple OSes Solaris, BSD Linux

Is there anyway that Solaris, FreeBSD, Slackware 10, Debian, and Gentoo will set on the same hard disk and play nicely?
Old 09-24-2004, 06:43 PM   #2
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should work fine with grub, i'm not sure if solaris has to be chainloaded though.
Old 09-24-2004, 07:17 PM   #3
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I am going to use Lilo instead of grub any problems there?
Old 09-24-2004, 08:23 PM   #4
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sovietpower; have u done research on whether unix os,s & linux compatible?
from what little info i have they have different source code, which may not be
compatible. check that out first.
Old 09-24-2004, 11:31 PM   #5
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My friend had FreeBSD and Debian together and could access each other's partitions, but it wasn't idea for sure. It'd be the same as win32/lin. He used Lilo.

I've not done it myself. I went straight FreeBSD (or NetBSD) without any other OS. Sorry. Can't help much except to say it can be done.
Old 09-25-2004, 06:43 PM   #6
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Solaris and FreeBSB require primary partitions. Linux does not.
Solaris partitions have the same partition ID as Linux swap.
Both Solaris and FreeBSD can slice up the one partition created for them into the partitions they need.
I have multiple Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, and Windows all booting with Lilo.
You may need to read the Lilo man page for options if things don't boot straightaway.
Old 09-25-2004, 06:57 PM   #7
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a much simpler solution to LILO is GAG: just make a boot floppy with GAG on it and install - that simple. you can have up to 9 OSes.

remember you can share some partitions between each linux distro. you can at least use the same swap partition. more difficult but i think still possible is sharing a /home partition. but if you're just gonna do / partitions for each linux distro, that's easier.


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