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Old 05-13-2005, 10:32 AM   #1
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rh9 debian migration grub question

Greetings All,

I have a dual boot redhat 9 \ XP. I really like how it works, but I can't say I am a fan of RH. I recently became the proud owner of a Packard Bell machine with a Cyrix MII 300 ---circa 1998, installed Sarge and was astonished by how much more comfortable it made me feel.
(The ease with which I removed gnome and her allies was what won me over.)

To make a long story short, I want to migrate the dual boot on my modern machine from redhat 9 to debian, and I hope the community would offer some advice.

Do I need to remove grub from the redhat installation using fixmbr, under windows and then do the setup for debain,
or will the grub stage of the debian setup 'replace' or 'overwrite' the previous incarnation?

Thanks for your help!
Old 05-13-2005, 04:50 PM   #2
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Installing Debian on the old RH partitions will overwrite your existing GRUB but it will work in exactly the same way: options to boot windows, debian (and probably a failsafe too). I'm not certain if Debian uses GRUB or LILO, but the same applies for both.


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