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Old 08-31-2005, 06:42 AM   #1
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triple boot suse 9.3 professional linux system

I need to install SUSE 9.3 Prof Linux on to a machine and i need three partitions as i need to install different versions of another linux software package.

I have not been able to figure out how to install three selectable partitions for boot, i dont even know if this is possible as i am more familiar to Red-Hat.

There is no windows on this PC at all, the hard disk is clean.

Simply what i need is the boot menu to say
Linux Partition 1
Linux Partition 2
Linux Partition 3

I appreciate i will need to install SUSE 3 times.
Old 08-31-2005, 07:07 AM   #2
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If I understand correctly, you would like to install three independent versions of SUSE 9.3 on your HDD? In this case I would create at least four partitions, one for each system and a shared swap. You may also share a common /home (so 5 partitions) or more.

You may install grub only for the first installation and add the two other systems later to /boot/grub/menu.lst:

title Linux1
    kernel (hd0,0)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1 desktop showopts
    initrd (hd0,0)/boot/initrd
title Linux2
    kernel (hd0,1)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 desktop showopts
    initrd (hd0,1)/boot/initrd
title Linux3
    kernel (hd0,2)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 desktop showopts
    initrd (hd0,2)/boot/initrd
There are probably more and better ways for realizing this, but this is my suggestion.
Old 08-31-2005, 08:11 AM   #3
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Thanks, i will give this a try.

I appreciate the suggestion.
Old 08-31-2005, 12:44 PM   #4
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YaST can help you put the bootloader settings together GRUB isn't that hard to understand, and with the help of YaST nothing can go wrong If it doesn't run to well, despite the help of YaST, post your

content here among with what is exactly wrong...
If you don't use grub, forget what I said


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