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Old 03-27-2005, 12:01 AM   #1
besttech01
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Fedora and Slackware on same HDD


Is it possible to have Windows, Fedora C3, and Slackware 10 on 1 HDD?

I want to have a multi-Linux system. (with 1 partition for Windows). I am basicly a student and I want to learn many Linux Distros. Now, I installed Fedora C3 (but Windows boots up by default everytime no matter what). So, I want to install Slackware (I've done it before, but not both Distros on same HDD) because it has LILO also.

My Partition table (Windows and Fedora C3) on Slackware's fdisk:

/dev/hda1 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 82 Linux Swap
/dev/hda6 83 Linux
/dev/hda7 83 Linux
/dev/hda8 83 Linux

/dev/hda2 through /dev/hda8 are Fedora's Partitions.

Now when I try making any partition in Slackware, it makes them Logical partitions. how can I make some Primary? When I type in "n" it doesn't ask me which type of partition would I like to make, just skips this step.

Can /home and / be shared between both Distro's without destroying or overwriting any data?

If so, how?

No? Then how do I set up Slackware's partitions with Fedora's without interfereing with one another?
 
Old 03-27-2005, 12:31 AM   #2
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If you use Lilo in your current linux system and its installed to the MBR, its easy enough. Just copy the linux boot section in /etc/lilo.conf, paste it in again, and change the boot partition to the one your 2nd linux OS will be on. Also give it a different name. Then run lilo as root, reboot and install your other system.Skip installing grub or lilo with the new system and when you reboot it will be right there waiting for you.

If you use grub, you'll have to wait for someone else to explain the details, but it should be similar to the above steps.

You could use cfdisk instead of fdisk, That gives you the choice loud and clear for logical or primary. Its also easier imo. You might lose some power with cfdisk, but its worth it if you dont feel like messing around.

EDIT: I dont think that it would be easy to share partions except for swap. Too many thing like program settings etc can go wrong.

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Old 03-27-2005, 05:33 AM   #3
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I wouldn't share the partitions. I think it is not possible with / , while it could be possible /home. You could create one home partition and several directories on it, e.g. home-slack and home-fedora.
Then you could mount this partition somewhere, eg. /mnt/shared-home and create a symlink to it, so /home in your Slack installation could point to /mnt/shared-home/home-slack and the fedora home-directory accordingly to /mnt/shared-home/home-fedora..
Anyway, you shouldn't mess up configurations from different versions of the installed programs (fedora and slackware will have included different versions), except you like adventures and fixing things. So I would never ever use one /home partition for two distributions.

 
Old 03-27-2005, 10:55 AM   #4
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Interesting. But shouldn't /home be a Primary Part.? Will it work the same if it was a Logical Part.? Thats the main question...I wonder........
 
Old 03-27-2005, 11:27 AM   #5
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That shouldn't make a difference. I have my home partitions installed on extended partitions. The only thing I know of that needs primary partitions is FreeBSD (maybe other *BSDs as well). Fedora and Slackware should both be satisfied to live on an extended partition
 
Old 03-27-2005, 12:29 PM   #6
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Hey man thank you. I will attempt to try this out. Ill post if it wa successful or not. Thanks once again.
 
Old 03-27-2005, 07:38 PM   #7
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I run both Fedora and Slackware off extended partitions, and it's no problem at all. For your home partition (which can definitely be extended if you want), you can just have each distro mount it at boot time under /home - you don't have to worry about symlinks or anything.
 
Old 03-27-2005, 09:35 PM   #8
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Hey whatta you know, it worked. Hey thanks man. How all i need it the "image=/boot/?????" to add to the LILO Config to load up Fedora Core 3....
 
  


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