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Old 01-14-2007, 07:33 AM   #1
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xp - fedora c6 - suse10.2 -> triple boot

hello people,

I want to do fresh install on my 2 hdds. on hh1, i want to install windows xp pro. On hdd2,
I want to install fedora core 6 and suse 10.2 on different partitions. I had experienced dual boot installation win xp and ubuntu and it was pretty straight-forward. but i havent tried triple boot like this before.

after installing windows xp and fedora core 6, if i install suse too, will it work? or what kind of installation procedure I should follow?

thx for your help already!
Old 01-14-2007, 08:46 AM   #2
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Yes, it will work. You can have as many distros as you want if you have the hard disk space for partitions.

Install xp first.

Install one of the Linux distros. When you get to the part where you decide to install grub to MBR or root partition, choose root partition. When done, this distro will not be bootable without a boot floppy or install cd. Don't worry, that will be fixed when you install the second distro.

Install the second distro. Install grub to the MBR. This installation should detect xp and the other distro, and correctly write a grub config file (/boot/grub/menu.lst or /boot/grub/grub.conf - same file; different name).

You only need one swap partition to serve both distros, since only one is booted at a time.

If you have any problems with grub, come back with information about the problem (error messages; grub config; etc.).

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Old 01-14-2007, 09:15 AM   #3
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trible boot

Thank you for your useful information I think it will help me a lot.. I have one more question. If I create to swap place on different partitions, will it work? or just one swap place is enough?
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Any number of distros can use the same swap space, swap space is simply some predesignated space on hdd that is used for paging & memory operations. So just like volatile memory the swap space will hold data only when the computer has been booted & will lose the data on shutdown/restart
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I know what the swap place is for but I thought that may be each distro is storing some specific files in swap place so it would conflict if they use same swap space.. you show me that I am wrong


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