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Old 03-03-2009, 01:34 AM   #1
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where to install bootloader

Hi all,
I have installed on my computer Hard drive, Ubuntu and Kbuntu. I have another partition free on this drive on which I wish to install another distro. At partition time do I install it on Root or the MBR? I wish to see all three distros at bootup and not just the last distro I installed.
Also on another computer I have two Hard Drives. One with Windows installed and the other empty. When I install Mandriva to the empty Hard Drive would it be to the Root or MBR.
Thank you in anticipation.
Old 03-03-2009, 02:04 AM   #2
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First of all, the only difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu is that Ubuntu comes with the Gnome desktop and Kubuntu comes with KDE. Both desktops can be installed on either OS - or really any other version of Linux. So you don't really need both installs on the same machine.

You don't install on "root". Root is simply a mount point for that installation. Root has to reside on a partition somewhere separate from the other installs. When you install, the boot loader goes on the MBR and is handled through /boot. So save partition space, Linux installs can share partitions such as /swap.

If you perform the installation correctly, you should be able to see all four OS's at the boot loader menu. Windows is usually listed as "Other",which can be renamed later. Any Windows OS's should be installed BEFORE any Linux installs.

I'm not aware of any how-to's off-hand, but you should be able to Google "linux dual boot" and "linux grub" to find out how that all works.


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