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Old 03-24-2006, 07:13 PM   #1
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Installing Multiple Distros of Linux on HD


Dear Forum Members - Would like to know if its possible to install multiple distros of Linux on one Hard Drive? By that I mean two (2) possibly three (3) Linux Distros. If so, what would the procedure be in order to set the Distros up on the HD. Any assistance, instruction or input would be very much appreciated. pepperwood
 
Old 03-24-2006, 07:19 PM   #2
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Here's a pretty good tutorial: http://home.planet.nl/~elst0093/motub/multboot.html

Generally speaking, what you want to do is create a separate partition for your bootloader (i.e. /boot on it's own partition) to store the bootloader config files. Then only install the bootloader for the first distro. Then each time you install a new distro, you just copy the boot files to the /boot partition and edit the config files.

A separate method that I use regularly is to use a 3rd party bootloader (I use XOSL 1.15) on it's own partition. Then each time you install a linux, just intall the bootloader to the root partition instead of the Master Boot Record (MBR). Then just add the bootable partition to the menu on XOSL and it will then chainload Grub or Lilo.
 
  


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