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Old 07-08-2008, 06:22 PM   #1
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newbie wants no windows but does want 2 (or 3 or 4 ...?) more linux distros.

I've run only RH and Win95 (dualboot) then Fedora alone. I'm untaught so I struggle sometimes but mostly keep fedora running.

I'd like two(or more) linux distros (same HD) and choose between them when I reboot. I'd prefer the distros to be available to be used independently. I am hesitant to just play around as I might wipe out the first distro when I try to install the second. (maybe just a separate HD but that feels inelegant).

I suspect that I could install a 'live' second distro but would prefer an independent one. I've seen lots of stuff on windows/Linux dual-boot which I do not want. I cannot follow the 'multi-linux-boot' stuff sufficiently well because it assumes a level of knowledge beyond me. The 'Click Here to Find Similar Threads' button on the bottom of the 'new thread' page did not provide what I was looking for.

thanks for generosity,

Old 07-08-2008, 06:46 PM   #2
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It's not that complicated. As I understand, you are running only fedora on your computer so boot into it and determine
which partition(s) it occupies
1. Go to terminal (command line interface) and type: df -h

e.g df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 20G 3.3G 16G 18% /

It would mean that your fedora is mounted on /dev/sda1.
But you may have a separate partiton for /home directories:
e.g df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 20G 3.3G 16G 18% /
/dev/sda2 30G 4.3G 26.7G 15% /home

From this you'll know that your fedora is taking /dev/sda1 and /dev/sda2

* you might have hda (PATA - IDE) instead of sda (SATA)

You'll also need to think about a SWAP partition (google it)

Once you know which partitions Fedora uses, just start installing another distro and choose
the option to manually configure partitions (just make sure not to touch the ones fedora uses.)

Also, remember that there may only be 4 primary partitions:
1. primary
3. primary
4a - logical
4b - logical
4c - logical
(AFAIK, there is a limit of logical partitions, but I don't remember it and it's definitely a big number)
When it comes to grub (boot loader), when you'll be installing a new system you can choose to install it on the master boot record (mbr). It will overwrite fedora's grub and probably automatically add fedora to it.
Alternatively (in the long run a recommended option) you can choose to install grub on the / partition of the system and just manually add the following to fedora's /boot/grub/menu.lst :
title Your_new_system
      rootnoverify (hd0,x)
      chainloader +1

x - partition number, eg. sda1 = hd0,0 sda2 = hd0,1 sda3 = hd0,2 etc

If you've got any doubts, post a question.



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