Re: Need advice from experts in complex multi-boot setups.
>> I purchased an Iomega mobile HDD 250GB and am planning
>> to install on it several OSs: MacOSX 10.5.8 (Hackintosh),
>> Solaris10, OpenSolaris, Debian, OpenSuse, Fedora, BSDs
>> (FreeBSD and OpenBSD). The computer is a Dell netbook
>> Mini9 which supports all these operative systems very well
>>(with the Solaris family only the Wifi driver does not
>> exist natively,and needs a driver designed for Windows).
>> I need some advice about the right strategy to follow,
>> especially about:
>> 1) For what OSs use primary partitions or logical partitions.
The Linuxes can boot from logical partitions.
Never tried to boot the Solarises from anything other than primary
Never used Hackintosh or the other BSDs.
>> 2) Different swap partitions for different OSs?
The Linuxes and Solarises can share a swap partition.
A former colleague once claimed that Linux could use a FreeBSD swap
slice as a Linux swap partition (but not the other way around). He was
very knowledgeable so I assume that it is possible.
OS X uses swap files in its /var/vm directory, so Hackintosh probably
does too and therefore must not need a swap partition.
> Please tell us how you can manage to boot Leopard (OS X
> 10.5) on a Dell Netbook.
OS X has been hacked to boot on non-Apple hardware (and installers
have been posted online); probably using the fact that OS X is based
on Mach/FreeBSD. Technically interesting but morally...