Re: Question on running multiple Linux distributions along with BSD and windows
On Tue, 2004-04-20 at 10:28, Sanjay Chigurupati wrote:
> I have Windows XP and Debian running on my machine, with Lilo as boot
> Planning to add FreeBSD and Gentoo.
> 1) Do I need to have a separate boot partition for each Linux version?
> 2) Is there a simple way to manage boot loader, where I could just add
> partitions in the free space and update boot loader?
> I seem to mess up boot loader, when I add a new Linux install. Is there a
> solution to work across more than one hard drive. Plannin to add an
> additional hard drive where I do all the distro trials.
The easy way to do it:
1. Install the new linux on a different partition and have one
filesystem for / (root).
2. use the swap partiotions you use today.
3. Install lilo for the new linux install on / for that install. VERY
4. reboot old linux/debian and add entry for the new linux install in
5. you are done.
You can put the new linux on any hard drive you wish. For testing i
cannot stress the convenience by using one single partition except for
swap. You can easily mess things up. especially with several /boot.