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Old 04-10-2005, 02:54 PM   #1
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Grub on Cd

Hi guys!
I'd like to have two live distributions (for example, DSL and System Rescue) on the same multisession cd. Is there any way to make grub or lilo working on the cd, so that I can choose which live distribution using at startup?
Old 04-10-2005, 03:39 PM   #2
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Grub Based Multi Boot CDROM

I made a directory called bootcd and one called distros with a sub directory for each distro...
mkdir /home/bootcd
mkdir /home/distros
cd /home/distros
mkdir rescue rip slax puppy feather insert

Then I copied the livecd of each distro into the proper /home/distros/sub directory.
Then I copied the important parts of each distro into the /home/bootcd directory.
Note: If a distro has the same kernel and initrd, I changed the name of one set and also changed the grub entry for that distro. For example:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz3

For each distro, look at the isolinux.cfg to see what the kernel and initrd lines should look like.

You will need iso9660_stage1_5 for booting off from a cdrom. This comes with the RIP livecd or even with current distros.
I found that this type of setup doesn't allow any extras like "default=" or "timeout=" or even blank lines. Other wise things work quite well.

Below is my current /boot/grub/menu.lst
        color light-gray/blue black/light-gray
title *=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=* CDROM BOOT MENU *=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*
root (hd0)
title Windows
        rootnoverify (hd0,0)
        chainloader +1
title Fedora Core
        root (hd1,1)
        kernel /boot/vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hdb2 rhgb quiet
        initrd /boot/initrd.img
title Rescue CD V0.2.15
kernel /boot/vmlinuz1 acpi=off root=/dev/ram0 init=/linuxrc nokeymap vga=785
title Insert Linux V1.2.18
kernel /isolinux/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=100000 init=/etc/init lang=en apm=power-off hdc=scsi hdd=scsi vga=791 nomce quiet BOOT_IMAGE=insert
title RIP Linux V12.3
kernel /boot/kernel devfs=nomount vga=normal nokeymap init=/linuxrc root=/dev/ram0 rw
title Feather Linux V0.7.4
kernel /isolinux/linux24 ramdisk_size=100000 nodma init=/etc/init lang=us apm=power-off vga=791 nomce quiet BOOT_IMAGE=knoppix
title Slax Linux V5.0.0
kernel /boot/vmlinuz2 max_loop=255 init=linuxrc livecd_subdir=/ load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 ramdisk_size=4444 root=/dev/ram0 rw
title Puppy Linux V1.0.0
kernel /boot/vmlinuz3 root=/dev/ram0 PFILE=pup001-none-262144
title Freedos V9
kernel /boot/memdisk
title Ranish Tool V2.44
kernel /boot/memdisk
Once you have the systems loaded into the working directory ( bootcd ) and have the menu.lst setup, you can proceed as follows....

CD into the bootcd and type:
cdrecord dev=0,0,0 blank=fast

mkisofs -J -R -b boot/grub/iso9660_stage1_5 -c boot/ \
-o /home/bootcd.iso -no-emul-boot -boot-load-size 32 -boot-info-table .

cdrecord -v speed=4 dev=0,0,0 -data /home/bootcd.iso

I linked my Fedora kernel and initrd to vmlinuz and initrd.img so I wouldn't have to redo the cd everytime I get a new kernel.
Old 02-10-2010, 07:21 AM   #3
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Create Multi OS Installation Disc


Am new to Linux. I want to know how can i create a multi os installation disc for Linux.
I know how to do it for different versions of Windows but am having trouble in Linux.
Would request your help in creating one.
I want to install Fedora 12 & uBuntu 9.10 using one DVD and it should have the menu asking which one to install.

i have already tried to edit the isolinux.cfg file but things are not working out.



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