Re: Question on running multiple Linux distributions along with BSD and windows
Sanjay Chigurupati wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean by "a separate boot partition for each Linux
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?
I use GRUB for booting but you may be able to adapt the following info
I have 6 Linux installations distributed on two hard drives in addition
to Windows 98 in its usual hda1 slot and plan to add more. All are
accessible from a GRUB menu that displays on computer bootup. I can
also boot up from a floppy.
After defragmenting the primary drive to set the partition for Win98 and
create clear space, I just kept adding Linux systems on both drives in
normal fashion, creating partitions as needed. All my Linux systems
share a common swap partition
As each Linux was installed, I chose GRUB to be the booter. Whichever
Linux is installed last, its GRUB becames the effective booter. I'd
guess that the same is true of LILO
A newly created GRUB tends to include only the newly installed Linux and
MS Windows so it necessary to edit a new GRUB to add the data that is
used in all the previously installed GRUBS. The may also be true of LILO.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A COPY OF THE PREVIOUS BOOT DATA TO ADD TO THE
NEW BOOTER. MAKE A BOOT FLOPPY WHEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY DURING EACH
LINUX INSTALLATION. Edit the floppy to add the previous Linux's BOOT data.
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.
I have 6 different Linux installations in addition to Windows 98 and
plan to add a few more. I use GRUB to boot.
I installed Windows 98 first then did a defragmentation to develop clear
space for partitioning that hard drive. A second hard drive was added