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Doubi 03-15-2009 12:55 PM

Multi-distro LAMP setup
Hi all. I did try to see if this was covered elsewhere before posting, but apologies if it has been / this is the wrong place to ask.

I'm about to start setting up my laptop for LAMP development, for which a lightweight distro would be sufficient, as I don't need as much hand-holding as most I think (I prefer to learn stuff ;) ). On the other hand I'm into multimedia too, so I'm thinking I'd like to install Ubuntu Studio[1] as well for content creation. I also wanna install Mint, partly to give it a whirl myself, partly to have something fairly sexy to show Windows users.

Although ostensibly I'd have different distros for different usage patterns here, I could see myself e.g. booting up Studio to record a quick idea and then want to whip up a new web page to put it on. You get the idea - only having access to the webdev stack from one distro seems silly.

What I'd like to know is: what's the best way to partition my (single) drive so that I can run Apache, my databases and scripting languages from all distros?

I have 80-odd GB to play with. I'm also hoping to be able to access Thunderbird and Firefox the same from all distros and have all my mail & bookmarks there - that's not an issue for the server forum but it might be relevant to the way I set things up.

Many thanks all :)

[1] If anyone has any other recommendations for a Linux-based multimedia suite I'd be interested to hear? I know about Pure:dyne but it's only music to my knowledge.

monsm 03-17-2009 10:41 AM

Hmm, sounds challenging, but I think it can be done by using a slightly complex partitioning scheme.
You need separate partitions for root (one for each distro), and a common boot partition for the kernels, and home partition (your email and bookmarks will be under you main user).
You might also be able to have a common /usr partition for all the distros, if you are carful when installing the applications. If this doesn't work you might be able to put the larger server installations on a common /opt partition.

Others might have some experience on how to do this in more detail. Good luck.


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